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Silva confident of Barca upset

SILVA MAN CITYMANCHESTER, March 17- Midfielder David Silva believes Manchester City have the quality to overturn their 2-1 deficit when they face Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Two first-half strikes from Luis Suarez saw the Catalan giants claim a valuable victory at the Etihad Stadium but Sergio Aguero’s late goal gives the Citizens a fighting chance of progressing in the second leg at the Nou Camp.

However, Manuel Pellegrini’s men were lucky to see Lionel Messi’s injury-time spot-kick saved by Joe Hart and a 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Burnley at the weekend means the English champions head to the volatile Nou Camp struggling for form.

But Silva, pointing to Schalke’s shock win over Real Madrid last week, is confident the Citizens have it in them to pull off an upset in Spain and believes the lack of pressure on the City players will work in their favour.

“Everybody wrote Schalke off before they played Real Madrid but they won 4-3 and could have scored again which would have put them through – nobody predicted that,” the Spain international is quoted as saying by ITV.

“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.

“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.’

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