Fans can watch live online video to see if Manchester City can pull off a spectacular upset of Barcelona, saving the English side’s UEFA Champions League campaign. The Blues will need something close to a miracle to overcome a 2-1 first leg deficit against the La Liga table-toppers and improbably send Barcelona home after the Round of 16.
Not only must Manchester City go into the Camp Nou trailing the two-legged tie by a goal, but the two away goals Barcelona tallied at the Etihad two weeks ago give the Catalonian powerhouse a significant advantage.
The bottom line for Wednesday’s match is that Manchester City must invade Barcelona home territory and defeat the Lionel Messi-led side by at least two goals.
But City’s own Spanish star, 29-year-old former Valencia midfielder David Silva, says that his team is full of belief as they approach the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of an away match in Barcelona.
“Not many thought PSG could beat Chelsea, especially with only 10 men for so long, so I know that everything can happen, not only in the Champions League but in every game,” Silva said Monday. “Everyone is expecting Barca to go through but, hopefully, we can give a strong performance and we don’t have any kind of pressure on us because we are behind and playing away.”
Silva said the key to victory, in his opinion, is to keep Barcelona off the scoreboard — never an easy task given that the always-prolific Messi has already scored 43 goals in 39 games for his club, including eight in the seven Barcelona Champions League games so far.
And Messi is far from the only threat facing Manchester City when they face Barcelona Wednesday, as former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has tallied 13 goals of his own in 27 games — including four in the four Champions League matches he has played.
Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini is expected to play a defensive game, clogging up the middle of the pitch with five players, departing from his usual 4-4-2 arrangement, predicts Manchester Evening News football correspondent David Lynch.
The Barcelona v. Manchester City match will be one of two Chamipions League eliminators available to watch in live online video Wednesday. Italian Serie A leaders Juventus travel to Germany where they take a 2-1 aggregate lead into their match against struggling Borussia Dortmund.
Both that game and the Barcelona v. Manchester City match can be viewed live online with streaming video provided by Fox Sports Go at this link, or on mobile devices with the Fox Sports Go app. Both games go online at 3:30 pm United States Eastern Time Wednesday, March 18.
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