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City must be close to perfect: Guardiola

Press AssociationPress Association 31/10/2016 Andy Hampson

Pep Guardiola is approaching Manchester City's clash with Barcelona this week like a final - but accepts they need to be brilliant to win.

City host the Spanish champions at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT) a fortnight after being thrashed 4-0 by the same opponents in the Camp Nou.

That has left City facing a battle to qualify for the Champions League last 16 from Group C, having also been held to a draw by Celtic.

"I think we know what we have to do to beat them and hopefully our quality up front will make a difference," Guardiola said.

"We have to play in that way - like a final. It's not a final for them, it is a final for us. There are just three games left and we dropped two points in Glasgow, so we have to recover those points in the next two games.

"We have to be focused for 90 minutes, knowing they are going to provoke mistakes because of the quality they have.

"But we had a few chances and have to keep going in that sense and try to finish better than we did in Barcelona.

"We will try. I have never entered a match thinking we can't win but we have to play almost perfectly."

English Premier League leaders City go into the game having ended a six-match winless sequence with an emphatic 4-0 defeat of West Brom at the weekend.

Former Barcelona boss Guardiola said: "Winning the last game will help us a lot. When you play a game having won the previous one the feeling is much better. We play the best tomorrow and we're going to try to win."

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