FC Barcelona v Man City right around the corner

FC Barcelona v Man City right around the corner

The Citizens are second in the Premier, five points back, but out of the FA Cup With Agüero back in the fold, Pellegrini has just added Wilfried Bony as a reinforcement

The hype is palpable. With just under a month remaining until the highly anticipated heavyweight bout between FC Barcelona and ManchesterCity in the UEFAChampionsLeague, the Citizens find themselves second the Premiership, five points behind leaders Chelsea. But in the last two weeks, City have been unable to capitalise after briefly being co-leaders, as a result of an untimely 1-1 draw at Everton coupled with a 2–0 home loss to Arsenal. Adding salt to the wound was City's head-scratching home loss to Middlesbrough in the FACup on Saturday, knocking them out of the tournament.

Optimism abounds

One piece of positive news for the Citizens has been the return of KunAgüero, the Argentinian sharpshooter who suffered a left knee injury that left him sidelined for a month before coming back for the draw with Everton on January 10th. With a string of injuries to front-line players as 2014 drew to a close, City went to the winter transfer market with its checkbook and brought home Swansea striker WilfriedBony for the sum of 25 million euros.

Key suspension

Bony, an IvoryCoast international who is currently playing in the AfricanCupofNations alongside City cohort and ex-Barça man TouréYaya, could theoretically be called to play in the last 16 tie versus Barça since his previous team did not play in European competition this year. Yaya, however, will miss the first leg—scheduled for Tuesday, February 24th in Manchester—due to suspension.

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