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Manchester City will be out to extend England’s stay in the Champions league when they travel to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg at home, City will join Chelsea and Arsenal in failing to progress beyond the final 16 unless they achieve anything other than a win.

While manager Manuel Pellegrini will be to progress, he also believes that a win could act as a catalyst for a strong finish to the season.

City have stumbled in recent weeks in the race to retain their title and are currently 6 points off the top.

The club lost to Burnley last time out and with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all breathing down their neck, not to mention a Champions league exit looming large, they need to find their rhythm sooner rather than later.

“We are not going to play against an easy team but I’m sure that if the three ties we played before were 11 v 11 it could have been different,” Pellegrini said.

“We are going to have bad moments during the game but we have a team that can do its best in this type of game.”

Pellegrini will be without suspended left-back Gael Clichy for the tie however James Milner, who missed Saturday’s defeat at Burnley with a knee problem, is expected to be available again after training and travelling with the team to Spain.

Stevan Jovetic is not available having been deregistered for the competition with Wilfried Bony taking his place in the squad.

Barcelona meanwhile will be without Sergio Busquets and Thomas Vermaelen. Busquets suffered ankle ligament damage at the start of March and is a severe doubt while Vermaelen has yet to play for the club due to a hamstring injury.

City lost to Barcelona 4-1 on aggregate at the same stage last year.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.