Man City can still make knock-out stage: Gareth Barry

Man City ace Gareth Barry confident of making the knock-out stages, even though they need to beat German giants Bayern Munich as well as witness Villarreal keeping Napoli at bay

Manchester City have still not given up on progressing to the knock-out stages of the Champions League, according to midfielder Gareth Barry. City need to beat Bayern Munich tonight and hope Villarreal at least hold Napoli to a draw in order to avoid a group stage exit in their maiden campaign in Europe's premier club competition.

City's Vincent Kompany (left), Yaya Toure (centre) and Samir Nasri
celebrate a goal against Norwich last week. Pic/Getty Images

But although their hopes are now slim, Barry insists City have not abandoned hope of progression and are not yet resigned to concentrating purely on domestic competition.

Gareth Barry

"It would be a massive disappointment (to go out)," Barry told reporters. "We're not going to lie and just say that we could concentrate on the Premier League, because it would be a big disappointment.

"But we're confident. We believe that Villarreal have got the team that can get a result against Napoli and the bottom line is that we've got to beat a very good team here in Bayern Munich.

"That will be a hard target in itself but that's our main aim. It's tough but we can do it and we'll just keep our fingers crossed that Villarreal can do a job for us."

Key fixtures
Ajax vs Real Madrid  lVillarreal vs Napoli
* Inter vs Moscow lDinamo vs Lyon

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