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Lionel Messi says Barcelona are more aggressive under Luis Enrique

Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal during theChampions League match against Manchester City
Image: Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick against Manchester City in October

Lionel Messi believes Barcelona are more aggressive under Luis Enrique than they were during Pep Guardiola's reign.

Messi is preparing to face Guardiola's Manchester City side in their latest Group C Champions League encounter on Tuesday.

Barca thrashed City 4-0 in the corresponding fixture at the Nou Camp on October 19, and even missed a penalty in a match which saw Messi hit a hat-trick.

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Guardiola has to find a way of stopping his former team inflicting further damage at the Etihad, but Messi reckons Barca have become better on the counter-attack under their current boss.

"In reality, the system of Barcelona is something that everyone knows," Messi said. "I can say we are one of the few clubs that have it, but each boss has different things and applies them as he sees fit.

Pep Guardiola looks on from his technical area at Camp Nou
Image: Pep Guardiola suffered a 4-0 defeat at the Nou Camp with Man City

"We have not noticed massive changes but, yes, some - in that with Luis maybe now we are a bit more aggressive when we attack at speed, while with Pep we used counter-attack less."

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Messi will be hoping to add to his tally of 16 goals against English opposition in the competition, and he insists Barcelona are upbeat on their chances of winning despite the absence of influential midfielder Andres Iniesta.

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"Missing Andres is something you always notice as far as I can tell - for how he is as a player and what he creates on the field of play," Messi added.

"But we are in good shape and we are coming very confident."

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