Kompany says Barcelona hold no fear for Manchester City.

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany insists his team-mates do not fear Barcelona ahead of Tuesday's much anticipated Champions League match.

The Citizens host La Liga side Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 at the Etihad stadium.

The reverse fixture last season ended 4-1 on aggregate at this same stage, as the Spanish side beat City to progress to the quarter-finals.

Despite the threat the Catalans possess in attack in Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi, Kompany is convinced Pellegrini's defenders are capable of stopping them.

"The next game is a massive one now and it's one of those - if you have a good day it can be a special night,” the City captain said. “So we have to prepare and I think everyone is ready for it.

"We don't fear them. You don't go in at this level fearing strikers.

"We want to play against them. It's the fourth time in a year now. There's nothing new to worry us, it's a case of having the whole team at a very high level," he continued.

"They're a special team with special players.

"I think their ability is not about hurting you all game - you can have tougher games when you go to Stoke City - it's about the fact they can decide a game within a second.

“They have more players than anyone else in the world who can finish games with a touch of magic.

"But I've come into football to play these games. The moment I'm feeling reluctant to play in these games I'm not in the right place. This is what I want."

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