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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri believes the Champions League tie against Barcelona will exorcise the hangover from the shock FA Cup defeat by Wigan Athletic, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
City saw their hopes of a domestic treble ended by the Championship club on Sunday, but the France international is convinced the trip to the Nou Camp is the ideal chance to overcome the shock loss.
Nasri is quoted as saying:
We feel hungover. It was a bad performance against Wigan and we didn't play well. It’s the FA Cup, they gave it us on a plate (those who did the draw) and we refused to take it.
I really don’t know. I can’t find the words because I'm really disappointed. The main disappointment is that it’s twice now that Wigan have beaten us in the FA Cup. It’s really difficult to accept.
Thank God we play a big game on Wednesday. It’s the best way to forget this game and be focused on the next one.
It’s going to be a big game. We’re going to think about Barcelona, we need to be positive and get a result there.
A game like this, you cannot not be focused from the start. It’s an amazing game and we can do something fantastic if we change the result.
Meanwhile, McDonnell also reports that City manager Manuel Pellegrini will snub the pre-match press conference, after his touchline ban by UEFA for his criticism of the referee after the first leg against Barcelona.