Man City’s Champions League dream still alive despite defeat, insists Pellegrini

first_imgManuel Pellegrini is optimistic Manchester City still have a chance to progress in the Champions League despite a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie against Barcelona.Former Liverpool hitman Luis Suarez scored twice on his return to England as Barca completely outplayed City in a glittering first-half performance at the Etihad Stadium.But luckily for Pellegrini, his team improved after the break and Sergio Aguero pulled a goal back in the 69th minute to give City hope ahead of next month’s return trip to the Nou Camp.And City were given a further boost when Joe Hart saved a Lionel Messi penalty in injury time, and the Blues boss believes his side showed signs they can hurt the four-time winners in the second-leg.“With the way we play, I think we can do it,” the Chilean 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.”Pellegrini also admitted his team were way below par in the first half, and the manager conceded he owes a debt of gratitude to Hart for saving Messi’s penalty, which was awarded after the Barca ace was fouled by Pablo Zabaleta“It was a very important save,” Pellegrini added.“It gives us more chance to try and win in Barcelona… 3-1 is a very difficult score to try and erase.“It was a very unnecessary penalty. I think that we played two different games tonight.“We played very badly until the first half finished. We couldn’t put three passes together.“In the second half I think we played well, we scored one goal and had two or three more chances to draw.” 1 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini last_img

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