Champions League: Manchester City must start relishing the big occasion, says Pablo Zabaleta

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Image: Pablo Zabaleta insists his side have the quality to go through

Pablo Zabaleta believes Manchester City must relish big European occasions if they hope to progress in the Champions League.

City travel to Roma on Wednesday and have to win to qualify for the last 16.

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The Argentina full-back insists they have the quality and confidence to win in Rome and stop their opponents going through instead, but they must not be fazed by the event.

"Rome is always a great atmosphere and it will be especially for this game because they have the same points and to go through would also be massive for them,” Zabaleta said.

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"Rome is a crucial game for us to show that we want to continue in this competition and go far.

"You play against the best teams in Europe in this competition and if you make mistakes you get knocked out of it, but as a player you have to enjoy these games. They’re huge.

"It’s true we are not performing well enough in the Champions League, although the draw has always been difficult for us and we are a team still learning about a lot of things.

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"But we have the quality and confidence is high - that’s what we need. It's going to be a very tough but I believe we have the team and the players to beat Roma."

Ahead of their final Group E game, City sit third on five points - equal with second-placed Roma and bottom-side CSKA Moscow, who face Bayern Munich.

Roma v Manchester City is live on Sky Sports 5HD from 7pm on Wednesday.

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