Alves is no fan of buying success and believes the Barca way of nurturing their own young stars is the best model.
He told the Sunday People: “City have good players – but they will never be Barcelona. They are a modern football club built on big transfer fees – but at Barcelona there is a history and class that dates back a long way.
“So much of Barcelona’s success is because of players who have come through the club’s youth system, La Masia, and I think ideally that is what every football club wants to achieve.
“We know we have a big test coming up against Manchester City – and we expect two very tough games.
“They have very good international players in every position – and we will need to play well if we are to progress in a competition that means so much to everybody at Barcelona.
“They are not easy to beat in Manchester – but not one Barcelona player will be thinking about getting a draw. We will play to win.”