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Nasri 'Thanks God' for Barca UCL Clash
Daily Mirror, March 11th, 2014 3:20PM

TAGS:  barcelona, england, spain, uefa champions league


Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri has warned Barcelona that City’s shock FA Cup quarterfinal loss to Wigan Athletic has fired up his team ahead of its UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg against the Spanish champion at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. The France international noted that while the shock loss ruined his team’s chances of an unprecedented Qaudruple, the reigning League Cup champ will be anxious to avenge both  the FA Cup loss as well as the 2-0 Round of 16 first-leg loss to Barca.

“We have to do everything from the start,” said Nasri. “The Camp Nou is always something special. It’s a special feeling to play there. It’s going to be difficult, but I know if we play at our level we can do something. We have nothing to lose. If you go there and you lose, it’s no more, but if you get a result it will be fantastic. We have to just attack them from the start and try to score an early goal. That would worry them, so we will see."

Following the disappointing FA Cup defeat -- City’s second-in-a-row to the Latics after losing 1-0 in last season’s final at Wembley -- Nasri said the UCL clash couldn’t have come at a better time. “Thank God we play a big game on Wednesday. It’s the best way to forget this game and be focused on the next one,” he said. “It’s going to be a big game. We’re going to think about Barcelona, we need to be positive and get a result there. A game like this, you cannot not be focused from the start. It’s an amazing game and we can do something fantastic if we change the result."

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