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FC Barcelona: Just Another Team

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is expected to field a strong starting XI against last seasons Champions League winners, FC Barcelona.

MCFC fly the short distance to the south of Spain on Wednesday (19/08/09) in what is effectively a PR exercise, nevertheless, Blues travelling to the Nou Camp can expect an experience to behold.

Anyone who have ever visit the 98,000 plus capacity stadium will be in awe by the sheer size and grandiose of the Catalan ground. In addition, Bara fans will add to the kudos and general experience, something I wish I could have bottled some years back. I suspect long after the event City fans will be talking about how friendly the locals were for years to come.

If this game doesn't make your mouth water perhaps you should forget all about football and take up another sport - underwater basket weaving perhaps?

During Wednesday's match build-up we at Vital Manchester City will post live feeds from the match via the forums, plus, as usual we will be running our ever popular match day threads.

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Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 17 2009

Time: 1:03PM

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Change to most recent first will be streaming the whole match live for free to the UK only, with commentary from Match of the Day’s Alistair Mann.
Johnny Baguette
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17/08/2009 16:20:00

Barcelona ARE just another team now City have upped the ante. You never know, we could beat them...
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17/08/2009 17:05:00

First game I went to at the new stadium was Barca... great game... I remember Ronaldinho getting cheered every time he touched the ball because he'd just turned down the rags... he loved it lol.
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17/08/2009 17:26:00

UK only????? Okay, that means find other sources or tinker with my proxies.
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17/08/2009 19:32:00

THE GAME WILL ALSO BE STREAMED LIVE ON (if you have an account)
Blue Lad Scragg
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17/08/2009 20:48:00

Barcelona - Just another team? Not quite as after last May they must be all of ours second favourite team! Hopefully we'll beat them on Wednesday night or at least have a real good go and make a lasting impression. I see that they won 2-1 away at Athletic Bilbao yesterday in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup which was Barcelona's first competitive fixture of the season.
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17/08/2009 21:22:00

This is an excellent opportunity for our players to get to know one another on the pitch in a no pressure situation. The quality of the opposition will teach the players a few lessons and allow Hughes to further assess the players. Doesn't matter if we win or lose, this is a win-win situation as far as I'm concerned, and raises the profile of Manchester City.
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17/08/2009 21:41:00

If it was at our place I'd be much happier though. A midweek game over in Spain in between two Saturday fixtures for what is pretty much a PR exercise isn't ideal.
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18/08/2009 02:25:00

I think City is doing the right thing by streaming the play live, not many clubs would do that.
Buzz Lightyear
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18/08/2009 04:50:00

Over 70,000 Nou Camp tickets already sold. It's heading for a sell out as Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes his debut.
Johnny Baguette
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18/08/2009 05:56:00


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