Man City 1 Barcelona 2: Joe Hart issues rallying cry ahead of Camp Nou trip

Joe Hart insists that Manchester City will head to Barcelona full of belief despite their Champions League first-leg defeat

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Joe Hart insists that Manchester City will head to Barcelona full of confidence that they can reach the Champions League semi-finals, despite Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to the Spanish side in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Luis Suarez scored twice in the first half as Barca dominated proceedings at The Etihad, the former Liverpool striker driving home a rebound before adding a second with a neat finish in the 30th minute.

However, City held firm and eventually pulled a goal back in the 69th minute thanks to a brilliant finish from Sergio Aguero.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men were reduced to 10 men when Gael Clichy was shown a second yellow card, before Lionel Messi had a late penalty saved by Hart.

And the England goalkeeper is sure that the Premier League outfit are still in with a chance of reaching the last eight.

Hart told ITV: “I hope so [that the penalty save could prove crucial]. We will go there with a great group of fans, belief and we will have a right go.

“We pressed until the first goal and panicked a bit. We regrouped second half, put a lot of pressure on and were good for our goal and maybe good for a result tonight.

“The occasion did not get to us, sometimes things go against you. It is 2-1 and we go there with belief.”

Manchester City, who are currently five points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League, travel to Liverpool on Sunday.


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