Barry hoping for UCL lifeline


Gareth Barry is hoping Villarreal can do Manchester City a favour in the Champions League and take points off Napoli in their final Group A match.

The Citizens know they must beat Bayern Munich on Wednesday night to stand any chance of progressing to the knockout stages, but need a favour from the bottom of the table side after their own defeat in Italy a fortnight ago.

And, whilst Barry admits the whole UCL experience will serve as a learning process for Roberto Mancini's side, he would be bitterly disappointed not to make the last 16 of the competition.

"It would be a massive disappointment [to go out]. We’re not going to lie and just say that we could concentrate on the Premier League, because it would be a big disappointment," said the England international.

"But it’s the first time the club has been in the Champions League and, although we feel we’ve got the quality to progress, it’s another learning curve. If we go out we’ll just concentrate on the rest of the games, the Premier League and the other competitions.

"But we’re confident. We believe that Villarreal have got the team that can get a result against Napoli and the bottom line is that we’ve got to beat a very good team here in Bayern Munich.

"That will be a hard target in itself but that’s our main aim. It’s tough but we can do it and we’ll just keep our fingers crossed that Villarreal can do a job for us."

Given City's position and performances at the top of the Barclays Premier League, failure in Europe's top club competition would understandably be a disappointment for everyone involved with the club.

Their 5-1 win over Norwich at the weekend emphasised further the quality at Mancini's disposal, and Barry admits it's a pleasure to play alongside so many world class players.

"The squad is fantastic in terms of the attacking ability," added Barry.

"You pick up the ball and you’re looking at the four or five players ahead who you can give the ball to and let them create chances."

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