Champions League: Ruben Cousillas says Manchester City will stick to plan at Barcelona
Assistant boss Ruben Cousillas has declared that Man City will stick to their attacking approach against Barcelona.
Last Updated: 12/03/14 11:08am
Pellegrini has been hit with a two-match suspension for critical remarks he made about referee Jonas Eriksson after the first leg, and will not be able to take his place in the dugout at Camp Nou.
City must overturn a 2-0 deficit if they are to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, but Cousillas does not think Pellegrini's enforced absence will disrupt the players.
Cousillas, who has been working with Pellegrini for a decade, is under no illusions as to the size of the task facing City but believes they can still take the game to Barca and come out on top.
"We've got our game that we play," said Cousillas, quoted in the Daily Mirror.
"That has been Manuel's trademark for 10 years in Europe.
"Our team will try to keep the ball as much as we can, which is very difficult against a side like Barcelona.
"We're going to try and be the main protagonists in the game and take risks when we can. We know what we have to do.
"I think to beat Barca we need a lot more than strategy from dead-balls. We will have to play a very complete game."
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