Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zabaleta: We Have to Play the Perfect Game to Win

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Zabaleta: We Have to Play the Perfect Game to Win

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PABLO Zabaleta has urged his City team to play 'the perfect game' as they seek a first competitive win over Barcelona.

As a former Espanyol player, he has been playing big games against the Catalan giants for longer than most.

And he set out the recipe for success he feels is necessary if City are not to go the same way as in their previous four Champions League games against Barca - all four ended in defeat.

Zabaleta is the only survivor from City's sole victory over Barca, when Mark Hughes' team won 1-0 in the pre-season Joan Gamper Trophy match in 2009, in front of 94,000 stunned fans.

He said: "We are not going to change the style of defending depending on who we have in front, but at same time we need to perform at the same level as them.

"We can't make mistakes. …

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