Barry rally ahead of semi-final showdown

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Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has issued a rallying call ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United.

The Eastlands star says City need to forget the disappointment of Monday's loss at Liverpool, and bounce back with a sterling performance to overcome their greatest rivals.

"At times like this you just have to bounce back. We need to concentrate on ourselves and come back from this.

"It should be easy to pick ourselves up because it's such a massive game for the club. It's a semi-final at Wembley," said Barry.

The opportunity to reach their first FA Cup final in 30years is something that City will not want to let pass them by.


"If you can't get yourself up for that then you shouldn't be in the game," Barry continued.

"So the fact it's that sort of game coming up, should maybe help us rather than hinder us.

"The players should all be looking forward to the semi-final because it’s a great stadium and we want to make it a great day for our fans."

City are also hoping to secure Champions League qualification with a fourth placed finish in the Barclays Premier League.

But Monday's Anfield defeat has opened the door for Harry Redknapp's Tottenham, who can overhaul Roberto Mancini's side by winning their game in hand.

"That will make us even more determined. We have to take one game at a time and treat each one as a big one.

"We've got some massive games in the league between now and the end of the season and we want to achieve our goals," concluded Barry.

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