BLUES FOR A EURO STUNNER
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.”