City head into tonight's second leg against Barcelona in a hole, though one they still have a slight chance of escaping from. City will need a minimum of 2 goals to level or take the lead on aggregate, and doing so will be a tall order at the home of the Catalan giants.
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Barça's XI: 1.Ter Stegen 3.Piqué 4. Rakitic 8. Iniesta 9. Suárez 10. Messi 11. Neymar 14. Mascherano 18. J. Alba 22. Alves 24. Mathieu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 18, 2015
So, Pellegrini opts for the 4-5-1 (official team sheet actually has it listed as 4-4-1-1), as many fans and pundits alike have been asking for. Bacary Sagna's inclusion in the XI may be a surprise to some, and Demichelis starts over the curiously absent Mangala, who isn't even on the bench. In fact there are no CBs at all, so let's hope we don't have to shuffle around in the back.
Barca roll out their familiar XI; the full arsenal on deck.
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