Barcelona Seem Confident of Knocking Manchester City out of Champions League

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 20, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring the opening goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Manchester City and Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium on February 18, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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After the 2-0 victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, Barcelona are clearly confident of going on to secure a spot in the quarter-finals ahead of the return leg.   

Taking a look at the statistics the match generated, Barcelona's English website produced the following story, entitled: "0-2, qualification guaranteed":

FC Barcelona - Website Screengrab

The piece, if you take a look through it, is more focused on the numbers, and not necessarily a vicious tirade at City, but despite the tongue-in-cheek headline, it could infuriate a few at Manchester City.

Despite the scoreline, the Citizens were firmly in the contest until Martin Demichelis' red card early in the second half.

They have also proven all season long that they have the firepower to score goals, so will not be ruling themselves out of the contest, despite having plenty to do at the Nou Camp.