Time For Mission Imposible
Wednesday, 18th Mar 2015 09:17
Manchester City face a mammoth task if they’re to overturn a 2-1 first leg defeat at the Etihad at the Camp Nou and qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League. The English champions were outplayed at home for the second season in a row at this stage of the competition three weeks ago and could have been even further behind travelling to the Catalan capital had Joe Hart not saved a Lionel Messi penalty in stoppage time at the Etihad.
Gaël Clichy is suspended following his dismissal in the first leg. Yaya Touré is back from suspension after missing the home leg.
Barca will be without the injured Sergio Busquets, so Jeremy Mathieu is expected to deputise in central defence with Javier Mascherano moving into midfield.
Manchester City have lost four of their last five Champions League against Spanish opposition (D1). Their only away win came against Villarreal in November 2011 (3-0).
Barcelona have made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 11th consecutive campaign. They have always made it at least to the quarter finals in the last seven seasons.
Sergio Agüero has scored 11 goals in his last 10 Champions League games.
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