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Manchester City won't change plan - Cousillas

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Manchester City assistant Ruben Cousillas has insisted they will stick to their plan against Barcelona in their Champions League clash despite Manuel Pellegrini's absence.

Pellegrini was served with a two-match suspension following post-match comments he made about referee Jonas Eriksson in the first-leg, as he watched his side succumb to a 2-0 defeat against the Spanish giants. 

Second-half goals from Lionel Messi and Dani Alves secured the win at the Etihad and the Premier League club face an uphill battle to qualify for the quarter-finals. 

But Cousillas, who has worked with Pellegrini for over a decade, is adamant that City can cause an upset if they stick to the boss' style-of-play.

"We've got our game that we play," he was quoted in the Daily Mirror. "That has been Manuel's trademark for 10 years in Europe.

"Our team will try to keep the ball as much as we can, which is very difficult against a side like Barcelona.

"We're going to try and be the main protagonists in the game and take risks when we can. We know what we have to do.

"I think to beat Barca we need a lot more than strategy from dead-balls. We will have to play a very complete game."

The two clash on Wednesday evening and City would have taken heart from Arsenal's attacking performance against Bayern Munich, but will want to go one better and secure their place in the final 16 for the first time in their history. 

Let us know who you think will win in the comments box below. 


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