Date: 15th March 2015 at 3:40pm
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With attentions turning to the Champions League last 16 second leg against Barcelona, manager Manuel Pellegrini has called on the team to play like a big club and not be afraid or anxious when it comes to playing our football as we look to overturn the deficit that exists.

In quotes carried by the Telegraph – presumably from his Burnley post match – he explained.

‘I think also that big teams must think and play like big teams. Try to have possession of the ball, to the other box and to try to score goals.’

Pellegrini went on again to defend the tactics and the formation from the first leg, saying.

‘I don’t agree that we had a problem tactically because we played with two strikers. Barcelona played with three strikers. Real Madrid played with three strikers. I didn’t think I made a mistake because one thing is what you want to do and another thing is what we did, which is a different thing.’

With it not overly sounding like he won’t go with two strikers again for the second leg, he did say given the overall performance in the first leg, that clearly we have to be better and more positive and play like we did in the second period for the whole game if we are to get something from it.

‘Maybe playing with two strikers we must work better to try to recover the ball. You will never have more possession than Barcelona because they play that way but when we have the ball we must do it better and must be dangerous as they have problems defending. Second of all, you must play with a lot of intensity and high pace throughout the 95 minutes and you must have the personality to go for the game from the beginning as you one of the most important things is the style that we play in.’

Returning for this leg following his suspension, we have Yaya Toure, and Pellegrini knew that he would be an asset for us.

‘Playing with Yaya always makes a difference. He’s a top player and a very important player for our team. I said before that we must win also without Yaya and we did that in Rome and against Bayern Munich and we qualified without Yaya but if you ask me, I prefer to play with Yaya in my team. I think he will be motivated. Not only because he missed the last three games but because he wants to qualify and be involved in the Champions League in the next stage. I am sure he will be very motivated and I’m sure the whole team will be motivated to get to the next stage.’

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