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Nolito confident Manchester City can defeat Barcelona on Tuesday: "We have to beat them some day"

It would be a massive Champions League victory, and Nolito thinks the team can pull it off

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Beat Barça.

That's the task Manchester City have on Tuesday's Champions League match against Barcelona at Etihad Stadium, and while it's a very difficult job, it has to be done. City are just one point above third-place Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Group C standings, and another loos would put City in a very dangerous position in the group.

A draw will help, but a victory is better for the numbers. And the confidence, obviously. Beating the Catalan giants would be a famous feat, especially in the early stages of the Pep Guardiola Era at City, but this team is absolutely capable of doing that.

Just ask Nolito, who spoke to the media on Monday and is confident the Citizens can defeat the Blaugrana for the first time in their history:

"One day we will have to beat them. We have to win this one. If we want to qualify for the next round we need a win. Knowing how strong they are, we are going to try and take some points off them."

One guy who could help Nolito and the team score some goals against Barça is Sergio Agüero, who broke an eight-game goal drought with two great strikes against West Brom, and after being benched at Camp Nou, El Kun is deserving of a start in this one. He will probably get that, and Nolito thinks Agüero will be a big part of the game on Tuesday:

"[Agüero] is one of the best strikers in the world. It’s a pride to have him in the team. Hopefully tomorrow he can score goals and we can win the match."

City can't just score goals to win, though, they have to find a way to stop Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Neymar Jr., the deadliest striking force in football. Thanks to the suspension of starting keeper Claudio Bravo, Willy Caballero will have to play in this one, and Nolito is confident the Argentine can withstand the pressure from the 'MSN' trio:

"Tomorrow Bravo doesn’t play - but we have another great keeper in Willy Caballero. We are fortunate to have two magnificent goalkeepers. Tomorrow Willy will play and I’m sure he’ll play very well."


Everything just has to go perfectly against Barça, and having confidence and a positive outlook ahead of the game helps. Nolito's got it, that's for sure.