FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique insisted Wednesday that Lionel Messi is still the man to take penalties for his side despite the Argenitine's dramatic last minute miss against Manchester City Tuesday night.
Manchester City were outplayed by Barcelona for most of their Champions League first leg tie on Tuesday but will still go to the Nou Camp hopeful of reaching the last eight for the first time thanks to Joe Hart.
Two first half goals by Luis Suarez gave Barcelona a 2-1 win at Manchester City as they moved within sight of the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday eve though Lionel Messi missed a late penalty.
Atletico Madrid arrive at Bayer Leverkusen for Wednesday`s Champions League last 16, first leg, clash hoping for a sixth straight clean-sheet in Europe, with Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann hunting more goals.
Manchester City have been on a steep learning curve in the Champions League but Tuesday`s last 16 first-leg clash with four-times European kings Barcelona offers a chance to show they are now serious contenders.
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and coach Luis Enrique appear to have agreed an uneasy truce but hostilities could break out again if the Argentina forward`s form dips and the club stumbles as the season reaches a crucial stage.
Cristiano Ronaldo was all smiles when he left the pitch following Real Madrid`s 2-0 Champions League round of 16 first leg win at Schalke 04 on Wednesday, safe in the knowledge that his goal-scoring form was back.