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Zabaleta urges Man City not to give up

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By Jamie Elliott

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has called for his team mates to rally despite losing their Champions League last-16 first leg to Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.

Pablo Zabaleta

The Spanish giants won the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie 2-0 on Tuesday, leaving City needing a special performance in at the Nou Camp.

Shortly after half time City defender Martin Demichelis was sent off for a challenge on Lionel Messi which was deemed to also be a penalty kick.

The Argentinean forward slotted home the spot kick before Dani Alves added a second in the dying minutes to make the Manchester club’s job even more difficult.

“Nothing is impossible in football,” Zabaleta said.

“We still have 90 minutes to try to do something. We should go there and try as hard as we can.

“I think we must be happy with what we did in the second half with 10 men. Maybe Barcelona had more possession but they didn't create too many chances because we were very solid defending.

“At the end of the day we must be a little bit disappointed but now we need to have belief and try to do well in Camp Nou.”

Manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed that the Swedish official Jonas Eriksson was biased towards Barcelona in the match and believes the outcome was harsh on his side.

Now Manchester City must go to Barca in a month’s time in hope of turning the tie around if they wish to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.

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