Date: 15th March 2015 at 3:50pm
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Jesus Navas and Pablo Zabaleta have both started looking towards to the Champions League last 16 second leg against Barcelona, and they know what we have to do.

Speaking firstly following the defeat to Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend, Navas was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.

‘We came here to get the three points. I think we were a bit unlucky to concede the goal and that we couldn’t win. We tried to be really persistent in attack but they had a lot of people defending. We tried really hard but we couldn’t score. They created a lot of danger but I believe we still had opportunities to get the game won.’

Certainly not the ideal preparation for Barcelona, but maybe the players will feel they have even more to prove and instead of crumbling under that pressure they will respond and rise to the levels they have proven they are capable of before.

‘It is time to think about the next game. We have to prepare very well and try to get to the next round.’

Zabaleta himself, quoted by ESPN, explained that the camp were still confident that we could secure progression and over turn the deficit but the key would definitely lie in performing as we did in the second half of the game and not repeating the errors from the first 45 minutes.

‘Obviously losing 2-1 was not the result we wanted. We should have won. But we still have belief. In football, nothing is impossible. We need to go to Barcelona and win. Sergio Aguero was great in the first game and scored a fantastic goal. He can always make a difference. We need to be positive. We have the team and the players to do this. You have to fight until the end, you never know. Barcelona at home are a very good team, so we have to show personality and character from the beginning. They have probably the best three strikers in the world and it’s going to be tough.’

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