Friday 19 January 2018

Manuel Pellegrini: We can still do it

Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City's Champions League dreams are still very much alive despite their 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.

Luis Suarez scored twice on his return to England as Barca outplayed City during a mesmeric first-half performance at the Etihad Stadium.

Neymar missed a good chance to add a third in the first leg of the last-16 tie and Dani Alves also rattled the bar before the break as the Spanish giants completely overrran the English champions.

But luckily for Pellegrini, his team improved after the break and Sergio Aguero swept home in the 69th minute to give City a goal to take to Barcelona for next month's second leg.

And City were given a further boost when Joe Hart saved a Lionel Messi penalty in injury time, shortly after Gael Clichy was given a second yellow card for a foul on Alves.

"With the way we play, I think we can do it," the City boss said.

"This tie isn't over until the game ends in Barcelona.

"In the second half we demonstrated we are not a lesser team than Barcelona

"It is not the best result here at home. But we are going to play in Barcelona and try and do it the way we normally play.

"It is important not to make the same mistakes. We cannot have a player sent off every game against Barcelona.

"But we have a chance. We must try to do it there.

"It is important for this team to continue in the Champions League as far as possible."

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