Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta believes Champions League progression is possible against all odds

With Manchester City travelling to face Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the Champions League last-16 second leg, defender Pablo Zabaleta believes the Premier League holders can stun the Spanish La Liga giants to reach the quarter-finals of the competition, reports BBC Sport.

Barcelona won 2-1 against Manchester City at the Etihad stadium in the first leg of their Champions League clash, which gives the Sky Blues a mountain to climb in the second leg. They have faced Barcelona three times in the competition, losing each one. With how poor the Sky Blues were in the first-half of their Etihad clash, they could well come unstuck away from home against a side so experienced in Europe as Barca are.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has gone under some criticism with his penchant for an attacking lineup, as he’s started with two strikers against the Catalan side, which sees City on the backfoot from the off. And despite a recent defeat away to Burnley, and dropped points in four of their last five games on the road in the league, right-back Pablo Zabaleta believes they can achieve the impossible when they line up against Barca on Wednesday night.

“It’s not going to be easy, but nothing is impossible in football. You have to be ready for these moments. Things can change on games like this,” he said.

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