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Pellegrini wants reaction in Barcelona

9 March 2014 20:38

Manuel Pellegrini has challenged his Manchester City players to react to Sunday's FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic with a win at Barcelona.

Wigan replicated their FA Cup heroics from last season's final to beat City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Jordi Gomez's penalty and James Perch's second-half strike.

Samir Nasri's volley ultimately counted for little, and Pellegrini was quick to hold his entire side accountable for defeat.

City will now travel to Camp Nou on Wednesday for their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 second-leg tie trailing 2-0 from the initial game.

But the Chilean has laid down the gauntlet to his side, and remains hopeful that they can secure a quarter-final spot in Europe.

He said: "I think we were a bit unlucky in the last 35 minutes but we gave 55 minutes to Wigan without playing at the pace we needed to play.

"I think we all work together and we all have the responsibility to win. It was a special week after winning League Cup and the international games but I think we all have the same responsibility.

"We have to continue playing Champions League and Premier League; we have a lot of things to fight for between now and the end of the season.

"First we must try and win in Barcelona and then we must try to continue to reach the top of the table with the three games we have in hand.

"It's a difficult game, but we must react tomorrow morning. We will try to do a very good game there and we will see what happens against Barcelona."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
12 March 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 1
On aggregate
4 - 1
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
85957

Goals

L. Messi 67'  
1 - 0
1 - 1
89' V. Kompany
 (assist by E. Džeko)
Dani Alves 90'+1
(assist by Iniesta) 
2 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
22 90+1'
3
18
14
4 54'
8
6
16
10 67'
11
Coach: G. Martino
# Player Bookings
1
4 73' 89'
6
5 30' 78'
13 23'
8
7
21
42
25 9'
16
Coach: M. Pellegrini

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
9
24
7
13
15
17
21
# Player Bookings
10
9
15
14
22
30
38

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