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Champions League: Manchester City have mountain to climb


Champions League: Manchester City have mountain to climb


Manchester City fans will be hoping Manuel Pelegrini’s men have what it takes to pull off a huge Champions League upset when they take on Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

After falling behind to two goals from Luis Suarez at the Etihad Stadium, City pulled one back through Sergio Aguero only to have Gael Clichy sent off five minutes later.

Four-time European champions Barca are seeking a record eighth consecutive quarter-final appearance and have history on their side.

They have progressed 33 out of the 35 times they won the first leg away in European competition, most recently against City at the same stage last season when the English club was appearing in the Round of 16 for the first time.

Elsewhere Borussia Dortmund will be looking to overturn a 2-1 first leg deficit when they entertain Juventus.

Marco Reus’ goal in Turin kept the 2013 finalists in the running after first-half strikes from Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata threatened to take the game away from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Italian coach Masimiliano Allegri may decide not to rush Andrea Pirlo back from his calf knock while Dortmund are expected to be missing both Kevin Grosskreutz and Lukasz Piszczek through injury.

Juventus are flying high in Serie A while Dortmund boast a fine record at home in Europe having won 11 of their last 14 Champions League games at the Westfalenstadion.

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