Man City Learned From Barcelona, But Can The Student Kill The Master?Billy Haisley2/18/14 11:41amFiled to: champions leaguebarcelonamanchester citysoccer322EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWe've finally arrived on the day of the Champions League's return, just a short time away from one of the most intriguing round of 16 matchups in recent memory: Barcelona vs. Manchester City.AdvertisementOn one side of the pitch, we have what remains of the most heralded team of the millennium, anxious to prove that it can still thrive on the highest stage playing the possessing, attacking style that has won so many plaudits and trophies alike, though not without some recent struggles. Their foe for the evening is an ambitious upstart, with a manager, a director of football, and a general philosophy oriented around mimicking the success of their opponent. So: the old stalwarts out to prove they've still got it, or the new boys out to beat the vets at their own game?This two-leg clash will come down to a battle of tactics. To that end, Manchester City must decide how to approach the game, with this basic question being this: Should they fully commit to their new, attack-minded identity knowing the danger any team that tries to play with Barcelona inevitably faces, or would they be better served playing on the counter, a tactic of proven efficiency against this team despite the ideological surrender it kind of implies?ShareTweet Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.