Ahead of their Champions League second round clash against Barcelona, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his side can beat the Catalan giants without influential midfielder Yaya Toure, who is suspended, reports Sky
The Ivorian international, 31, will miss the first leg of the second round meeting against Barcelona tonight as a result of his suspension, and while Manchester City’s form suffered in the Premier League without Toure in the midfield, Pellegrini feels the Sky Blues can shine in European in his absence.
Toure missed the last two group games for Manchester City that saw the Premier League holders beating Serie A side AS Roma and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, which has led the City boss to back his side at home against Barcelona even without the powerful Ivorian.
“I always prefer to play with Yaya, he is a very important player and we always play better with Yaya. But we can do well without him because we did so against Bayern and Roma and we have a good squad to replace him,” he said.
There’s confidence all through the City side ahead of their meeting against the Spaniards, and given their only two Champions League group game wins this season came without Toure, there’s every reason to believe the side could be better balanced in his absence. While he remains a key player, his performances in Europe have come under criticism this campaign.
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