Demichelis: ‘City can still do it’

Martin Demichelis believes Manchester City are capable of pulling off a surprise victory over Barcelona on Wednesday.

The teams meet in a Last 16 second-leg Champions League clash at the Camp Nou, the Blues trailing 2-1 from the first game at the Etihad Stadium, yet the Argentine feels it is not an insurmountable task that Manuel Pellegrini’s men face.

“Schalke managed a shock result at the Bernabeu last week and Paris Saint-Germain got through against Chelsea with a man less,” he told the ‘Al Primer Toque’ radio programme.

“We know it will be very difficult and Barca have the advantage, but we are still angry at the way we played in the first half in Manchester, so we hope to create plenty of chances.”

However, the Argentine acknowledges that City have suffered a bad run of form since the turn of the year.

“We have to be honest and recognise we are going through a poor spell but we also need to try and achieve maximum success when things are mathematically impossible.

“We’ll be going to Barcelona with the intention of turning this tie around. At this stage last year we weren’t top of the table but still managed to win the title.

“This season City are a stronger team despite us dropping points recently, but we have to keep going as in football you never know what could be around the corner.”

Demichelis is also aware his international teammate Lionel Messi will pose the greatest threat to City’s ambitions.

“I’m one of his biggest admirers and even more so with the excellent form he has been showing of late. When he’s at his best he is unstoppable as he’s so unpredictable.

“Messi is the best in the world. All the same, they were all talking about him before the first leg but it was Luis Suarez who scored twice,” he warned.

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