Manchester City latest: Barca officials announced; Pellegrini calls for reaction

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As Manchester City prepare to face Barcelona in the second-leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, ESPN reports that Joleon Lescott is set to be the man (well, one of them at least) to keep Lionel Messi at bay.

With Martin Demichelis suspended following his dismissal in the first-leg, and with Matija Nastasic injured, Lescott seems the most likely (and perhaps only viable) candidate to partner Vincent Kompany.

Related to that match, the Manchester Evening News reports that the match officials have been chosen for Wednesday’s game.

Frenchman Stephane Lannoy is set to be the match-referee with Frederic Cano, Michael Annonier, Ruddy Buquet, Fredy Fautrel and Laurent Stien assisting him.

It is only when you write them down that you realise just how many match-officials there are these days!

In quotes published by Sky Sports, City boss Manuel Pellegrini has urged his side to keep fighting until the end of the season.

They may have suffered a FA Cup defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic for the second straight season, but the Chilean says they still have plenty to fight for and they must remain focused.

We must react,” he said. “We still have a possibility. We will try to do a very good game and we will see what happens against Barcelona.”

It is not long now until we will all see what happens, with City looking for arguably the greatest night in their history when they travel to the Nou Camp 2-0 down.

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