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Saturday 16 December 2017

mourinho loses it

Blues skipper confident English champs can stand up to Catalans

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists that his side do not fear Barcelona in their Champions League battle tomorrow night.

City host Barca in the first leg of their Champions League tussle tomorrow, City well beaten by Barca at the same stage of the competition last season, losing 4-1 on aggregate.

But City go into their latest meeting in good heart after reinvigorating their domestic title defence with a 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle on Saturday, while Barca come to England on the back of a morale-sapping league defeat, as they lost 1-0 at home to Malaga, a defeat which allowed Real Madrid to open up a four-point lead on Barca.

And Kompany is confident City can stand up to the challenge. "We don't fear them. You don't go in at this level fearing strikers," said the defiant City skipper.

"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."

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