5 Tactical Battles That Will Shape Barcelona's Clash with Manchester City

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5 Tactical Battles That Will Shape Barcelona's Clash with Manchester City
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Pellegrini should stop taking wardrobe tips from Bill Belichick.

In school I had a professor who would let any student re-take an examination they failed. The catch was that the best the student could hope to achieve was a "C."

This educational gambit no doubt posed some soul-searching moments for the professor's students.

On the one hand, a "C" is a lot better than an "F" and so the knee-jerk reaction would be to sign up for the mulligan.

Then again, that test just finished kicking that student's hindquarters all over the room. Would 24 hours (maybe 48) of fresh preparation really make a difference? Failing the re-test would be a serious embarrassment, not to mention a shameful waste of free time.

Manchester City failed their first Champions League knockout stage test fairly miserably. Home to Barcelona, City finished the first leg of their tie one man and two goals down.

Fortunately (unfortunately?) for City, there is no opt-out for the second leg of this Champions League encounter with Barcelona. Blowing off the second leg and going out for pizza and beer is out of the question.

Can City pass the test this time?

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