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will be a very open game be­cause we need to score two goals.

“This team has shown in the past that they can over­come dif­fi­cul­ties.

“We won in Rome and in Mu­nich, so why not?”

While Barcelona are in stunning form, City can barely buy a win as the de­fence of their Pre­mier League ti­tle has crum­bled.

De­feat at rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Burn­ley last Satur­day night left them six points be­hind lead­ers Chelsea and on a run of three wins in their last 11 games in all com­pe­ti­tions.

That has put mas­sive pres­sure on Pel­le­grini, but Ser­gio Aguero’s goal and a late penalty save by Joe Hart from Lionel Messi in the first leg has given City a glim­mer of hope that all may not be lost.

Demiche­lis in­sisted: “This isn’t the worst time to play them if we can do what we did in the sec­ond half of the first leg. I think af­ter half-time we were the bet­ter team. We cre­ated some good chances un­til the sendin­goff – and we didn’t con­cede the third goal.

“We will go there and try to repli­cate our per­for­mance from the sec­ond half.

“It’s bet­ter to go there 2-1 down rather than 3-1. That save of Joe’s has given us that ex­tra hope for the sec­ond leg.”

City will be with­out suspended de­fender Gael Clichy fol­low­ing his red card in the first leg, but the re­turn to the side of for­mer Barcelona mid­fielder Yaya Toure fol­low­ing a three­match Euro­pean ban will add to their hopes of avoid­ing go­ing out to Barca for the sec­ond sea­son in a row.

Toure said: “We didn’t win then, but I think this year is dif­fer­ent.

“We have a dif­fer­ent team, a dif­fer­ent squad and a dif­fer­ent men­tal­ity.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to play Barca when you have to force it be­cause you need to score, but in foot­ball any­thing can hap­pen.”

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