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Thursday 14 December 2017

Nasri: We showed Barcelona too much respect last season

Nasri
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Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri believes this year's Champions League clash with Barcelona could be "totally different" from last season's.

Nasri felt the Premier League winners paid too much respect to the four-time European champions when they met in the last 16 of the elite competition a year ago.

Barca won 4-1 on aggregate but City have a chance for revenge having been paired with the Catalan giants at the same stage for a second successive season.

Having come through a tough group phase in dramatic circumstances, Nasri now believes City are a much tougher proposition than they were 12 months ago.

The Frenchman, speaking at City's pre-match press conference, said: "I think we respected them too much but, at the same time, last year didn't have enough experience to compete with a club like this, with its history. They know how to deal with this kind of game. They know how to win the Champions League.

"For us it was the first time that we went through the group stage. I think it was just too much of a big game for us."

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