Ter Stegen saves Agüero's penalty / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB

Pressure and possession. City started positively and came out to chase Barça down in their own half and fight to control possession. With a high defensive line, Pellegrini’s side pressed up the pitch to make it hard for Barça to bring the ball out from the back, but their early tactics waned and by the end of the first half, Barça were enjoying a 56%-44% advantage in possession – though this was considerably less than the 38%-62% in the first leg.


Messi put on a show. As if the 90 minutes in Manchester weren’t impressive enough, on Wednesday night Leo Messi showed City, and the rest of the world, just what a sublime force he is, popping up all over the pitch, bamboozling defenders and setting up Ratikic with an inch perfect pass. Just as in the first leg, the only thing missing was a goal.

Ter Stegen proves crucial. The German stopper put in another fine performance against City, with the incident when he lost the ball to Aguero outside his box the only blot on his copybook. His save from the Argentinean’s penalty, correctly guessing which way the attempt would go and parrying it wide, was crucial to avoid any nervous moments late on.


A result to deceive. If 1-0 looks like a narrow win, the truth is Barça could and perhaps should have had a hatful more of goals. Without two attempts hitting the woodwork, a disallowed Jordi Alba effort and City keeper Joe Hart playing out of his skin to pull off some astonishing saves, the visitors could have been on the end of a real hiding.


Alves suspended. The Barça wing-back was the only player on a yellow card and his second half booking for a foul on Silva means he’ll miss the first leg of the quarter finals, but return with a clean slate for the return game.