Fernandinho targets Barca scalp

Last Updated: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 13:35

Fernandinho feels Manchester City had Barcelona worried in their Champions League clash and wants to have a real go at the Nou Camp.

The Premier League outfit went into the last-16 tie full of confidence but suffered a 2-0 loss to give themselves the proverbial mountain to climb in the return leg.

Martin Demichelis was sent off and strikes from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves mean that the Catalans are now strong favourites to progress to the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition.

But Fernandinho does not feel the match was as one-sided as the score-line suggested and is adamant that the Barca players knew they had been in a battle.

"We had them worried," he told the Guardian."We managed to put them under pressure and there were situations in which the Barcelona guys didn't feel confident to try and use their passing game.

"They were rattling the ball to where their noses were pointing. We rattled them."

And the 28-year-old Brazil midfielder, while admitting the size of the task that City now face, is determined that he and his team-mates will put on a good show in Spain.

"Barcelona built a respectable advantage and they are a tough team to beat at home," he added. "But we need to try.

"We might not get out of there with qualification for the next round, but it will be quite important to leave Spain at least with our heads held high."

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