Barça's versatile Argentinian Javier Mascherano

After ending the group stage of the Champions League as leaders, Barça are back in action on the competition on Tuesday. Their opponents in the last 16 will be Manchester City and just a few days before the first leg, Javier Mascherano has cast an eye over the Premier League team, their coach Manuel Pellegrini and some of the players that he knows well such as Sergio Agüero and Pablo Zabaleta.

Mascherano on Manchester City:

“They will try to focus on the Champions League because it is a key competition for them and they are trying to improve every year.”

“If we maintain the good form we are in then we have chances. The most important thing is our form going into the game. We have the tools to put in a good performance in Manchester.

“We have made more changes than they have and we have some new names. They have the same coach and they will try to do the same things. We will see a similar tie and we hope to get the same result.”

“Agüero and Messi are both very talented. Agüero is difficult to mark but nobody can compare to Messi because he is the best and nobody is at his level.”

“Zabaleta is a player who is very committed and he always gives 100%.”

“Pellegrini is a great coach and he has been at great clubs in his career. He is very calm and easy going and it is easy to understand him.”


Interview with Javier Mascherano by fcbarcelona