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Manchester City will aim to pile the pressure on Barcelona and put the disappointment of the shock FA Cup exit when they travel to the Nou Camp tonight for the second leg of their Champions league clash.
City lost 2-1 at home to Wigan on Sunday, the same opponents that defeated them in the FA Cup final last year while Barcelona slipped four points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Real Valladolid.
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Pellegrini’s decision to rest Vincent Kompany and Fernandinho for the game was questioned after the shock cup exit, however the Chilean denied they were left out with one eye on the Champions league clash with Barcelona.
“I didn’t leave Kompany or Kolarov or Fernandino out because we have to play against Barcelona,” Pellegrini claimed.
“They didn’t play because we are making rotation in the cup and Premier League and also because they play 90 minutes for their national squad on Wednesday. So it was important for them to have a rest.”
Kompany and Fernandinho, along with Alexander Kolarov, are set to return against the Spanish side while Joe Hart will return between the sticks with Costel Pantilmon stepping aside.
Martin Demichelis misses out following his red card in the first leg.
Despite their first leg defeat at home and cup defeat Pellegrini believes his side can overturn the deficit and seal a quarter-final place.
The Chilean said: “I think we all work together, we all have a responsibility to win.
“We finished one trophy and we won that. Now we have to continue playing the Champions League and Premier League.
“We have a lot of things to fight for until the end of the season.
“First we must try to win in Barcelona and then continue to try to reach the top of the table with the three games we have in hand.
“We must react. We still have a possibility. We will try to do a very good game and we will see what happens against Barcelona.
“Winning always gives you confidence but maybe a game like this can bring a reaction from the team. It could be positive.”