All eyes on the Etihad as City face Barca

Manchester City welcome Barcelona in a glamour clash in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

FILE: Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo will need to be in top form when City take on Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - All eyes will be on the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday evening when Manchester City host Barcelona in the first knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League.

It's the first time City have ever made it to the round of 16, having been knocked out in the group stages in their previous two campaigns.

If the Sky Blues are to advance to the quarterfinals, they will have to do so without star striker Sergio Aguero, who has been ruled out of the first-leg clash through injury.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini says they won't change their game plan for Barcelona.

"The most important thing is to try to be the same team that we see every week in the Premier League. What's very important to me is that we continue having our own style of play, having personality and that we use it to beat Barcelona."

Pellegrini says Lionel Messi is not the only danger man in the Barcelona side.

"He's the top player in the world. He has speed, a good finish and he is a very important player, but I don't think Barcelona is all about Messi. They have a lot of other players. You can mark Messi tight, but then any of their other players could decide the game."

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says the club can return to their best and win the Champions League again.

Having last won the competition in 2011, Pique admits teams don't fear the Blaugrana as much anymore.

"Teams don't fear us like they did before because we haven't won the Champions League in the last two years. But I think that everyone still respects us because we are a team full of players that have won World Cups, Champions Leagues and League titles."

Pique says a win over City tonight is important.

"I think we can still be the best, but we have to show the world that we can do it."