Nasri and Zabaleta: We can win at Nou Camp
- 20 February 2014 07:21
- Posted by @NieldyMCFC
The fall-out from Tuesday evening’s UEFA Champions League defeat to Barcelona rumbles on in this morning’s City-related headlines.
However, rather than any wound-licking from the Blues’ camp following the 2-0 Etihad loss, we’re already revving up for the second leg with Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta widely quoted in the national and local press – both believe that City still have a big say in who will make it through to the last eight of Europe’s elite competition .
David Anderson leads the charge with his piece in the Mirror:
“Samir Nasri claims Manchester City have the Blueprint to achieve their mission impossible in Barcelona.
“Nasri refuses to accept that his City side’s Euro dream is over for another year, even though no side has EVER overturned the 2-0 deficit they will face at Barca in their Champions League last-16 tie's second leg next month.
“The playmaker has studied Valencia’s 3-2 La Liga win in the Nou Camp at the beginning of the month and believes it has given City a template to beat Barca.”
In the Guardian, Jamie Jackson quotes the French playmaker who says the Blues can draw positives from results earlier in the season, including a certain memorable evening at the Allianz Arena:
They will come and play, so we will have plenty of space. [Sergio] Agüero will be back, we will be fitter, so why not?
"It does not change anything in our belief and our quality. We believe in ourselves. We believe in what we can do.
“"At the start of the season, we won at Munich. We won at home to Manchester United and Spurs, and by big scores."”
It’s a similar story in the Express where Samir’s post match thoughts are further examined. Richard Tanner writes:
“Nasri bases his confidence on the fact City have already beaten holders Bayern in their own stadium this season, leading scorer Sergio Aguero will be back from injury soon to provide a sharper cutting edge and, as Valencia proved by winning in the Nou Camp earlier this season, Barcelona are vulnerable defensively if they are put under sustained pressure.
““Barca are not the best team we’ve played,” he said. “Bayern are the best team. Against Bayern, for 60 minutes we did not touch the ball. They scored goals without a mistake from anyone on our team. They showed us how great they were.
““But the Barcelona game was not the same. They are not as good as Bayern. If it was not for the penalty it would have been 0-0.
““And this tie is not over. Before the game we said it is a game of 180 minutes, and we can do what Valencia did and beat Barcelona at their own home. We know it will not be easy but we will fight till the end.
““We will have to gamble, but why not? We went to Munich and beat them, so we can do the same in the Nou Camp.”
A little closer to home, there’s also a Euro rallying call from Pablo Zabaleta in the Manchester Evening News, as Stuart Brennan scribes:
“City can take heart from the fact that last season both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid pulled off results at the Camp Nou which would be good enough to put the Blues through. Bayern won 3-0 in the Champions League semi-final second leg, while Madrid racked up a 3-1 victory in the Copa del Rey semi-final.
““In football it is about belief and confidence, especially when you have the players to do it,” said Zabaleta. “Obviously it will be difficult going to Camp Nou two goals down, but it is not impossible.
““We will try to play a good game and win there, and if we can do it, it would be huge for us.””