Manchester City are about to play one of the most important matches in the club's history.
Barcelona will take the pitch at the Etihad in a round of 16 match with the Sky Blues. With apologies to Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich, this clash takes top billing in the opening round of the Champions League.
City vs. Barcelona would be big news under any circumstances, given the quality of the sides involved. What makes the pairing even more intriguing is that the Citizens have never advanced this far in Champions League play before.
City manager Manuel Pellegrini has plenty to worry about on the eve of this encounter with Barcelona. The last thing on his mind figures to be the coming summer transfer window.
Fortunately for Pellegrini, the British tabloid media is all too happy to do that thinking for him.