Barry focused on beating Bayern

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Gareth Barry insists Manchester City's players will be completely focused on the task at-hand against Bayern Munich tonight.

The German giants visit the Etihad Stadium knowing qualification from Champions League Group A is assured, whilst the Citizens need a result in Spain to go their way if they are to take the runners-up spot from Napoli.

However, the England international midfielder insists he and his teammates will not allow their mind to slip towards Villarreal's effort at El Madrigal, and focus will be completely on the Bundesliga task in-front of them.

"We can't worry too much about what's happening elsewhere. All we know is that if we win, we have a chance of going through. We have a job to do and we have to hope that Villarreal can do us a favour on the night," Barry told the official City website.

“Bayern are a class act and we're not expecting them to roll over when they play us. We've played German sides in the past and they are very experienced and patient and we're expecting a really tough game.

“We will have our game-plan but Bayern are a very good counter-attacking side so if we are too gung-ho, they are a team who could punish us."

The 2-0 defeat in Munich, a night forever remembered for Carlos Tevez's antics on the substitutes bench, remains the most disappointing night of the season for Roberto Mancini's men.

It's a feeling still felt within the camp, according to Barry, and the players will be out to rectify the situation in-front of a sell-out crowd tonight.

“We were far from our best in Germany and one or two decisions didn’t go our way early on. After that, they were the better team and deserved their win," admitted Barry.

“But we have a fantastic squad too, and on our own ground we believe we can beat anyone. Will they be motivated knowing they are already through? I don’t think they will need to try and lift themselves for a game like this – but neither do we.

“Imagine how we’d feel if we didn’t put in the sort of performance we know we’re capable of and Villarreal take something from the Napoli game? We can’t allow that to happen so we have to make sure we win our game and then let’s just see what happens in Spain.”

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