Lionel Messi has warned Manchester City that they could not have picked a worse time to face Barcelona.
The two sides meet next week in the Champions League knockout stages for the second consecutive year and Barca are currently in rampant form with Messi scoring and setting up plenty of goals.
Barca, who are riding an 11-game winning streak in all competitions, defeated City 4-1 on aggregate last season.
“The truth is that we are good,” Messi told Mundo Leo. “Fortunately, after our poor start to the year after our game against Real Sociedad (1-0 defeat on January 4), everything changed for us.
“We are now in a different dynamic and everything is going in the right direction.
“The team has confidence and there is a different attitude and a lot of determination.
“That is the reason why we are today where we are.”
Barca are alive in three competitions.
The Catalan giants have reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and are second in La Liga, just one point adrift of Real Madrid.
“There is still a long way to go,” Messi said. “We have not won anything yet.
“There are still many months left in La Liga and in the Champions League.
“We also have to book our ticket to the Copa del Rey final. But we must continue in this way to achieve our aims.”
Barca are attempting to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the eighth straight season and Messi is aware his side face a huge hurdle in the last 16 of the competition.Unblock the FIFA World Cup with ExpressVPN the #1 Trusted Name in VPN