Sylvinho: City's time is now.

This is the time for Manchester City in the Champions League, says former City and Barcelona defender Sylvinho.

The Citizens face the Catalans next week Tuesday in the Champions League last 16 first leg at the Etihad Stadium, a tough task for Pellegrini's team who know they play the second leg at the Camp Nou.

But, former Brazil defender Sylvinho thinks Manchester City can upset Barcelona, despite the Spanish club's recent form.

“Barcelona is getting better results now. From my experience in Champions League, I think that Barcelona are the favourite because they play the second leg at home and is not easy to win a tie there,” the 40-year-old said, as reported.

"Of course Inter and Chelsea did it but it’s difficult. I remember that during my five years in Barcelona we were keen to play the second leg at home."

“But City is improving every year in the Champions League, which is normal, and I think that they can beat Barcelona. I think that City can put two great performances.

“City has great players and a very good manager and their time is now. Maybe before they weren’t used to play Champions League but now it’s a very strong team and they can beat Barcelona.

“I think it will be a very open tie and I’m really looking forward to it because it will be great to watch.”

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