Touré Yaya and Manuel Pellegrini in the pre-game press conference / GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

It will be difficult, but they have a chance. That is both how Manuel Pellegrini and Touré Yaya view Manchester City’s chances of making the quarter–finals the day before the second leg of their tie against Barça. The coach and midfielder are aware tha the 2-1 win for the blaugranes in the first leg puts them in the driving seat but at the same time they highlighted the possibility of making it through if they can make put in a good performance at Camp Nou. Touré Yaya also remembered his time at FC Barcelona and admitted that “it’s always special coming back to play against Barça.”

Manuel Pellegrini

“It’s always good to have Touré Yaya because he is important for us, but we have shown that we can win without him.”

“Against Barça it will be important to control possession but we know that we are up against the best side in that aspect. What we have to try and do is not lose the ball when we have it because it will be difficult to get it back.”

“We have to repeat the good minutes that we had in the three games against them. If we can then we have a chance.”

Touré Yaya

“It will be a tough game because Barça are one of the best sides in Europe. We will do everything to get through to the quarter-finals.”

“Going back to play against Barça is always special. I have great memories, but for the whole team it will be a very important game.”

“Barça are in good form, especially Messi. But we have to watch all their players. We have to try to not concede a goal and get the first quickly. If we want to get to the quarter-finals we will have to beat Barça by two goals, it will be difficult but we have a chance.”


Manuel Pellegrini believes City have a chance per fcbarcelona