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Pellegrini backs Man City skipper to bounce back

Manager Manuel Pellegrini believes captain Vincent Kompany will react to his recent poor form.

The Belgian has been below par for the majority of the season, which was highlighted by his performance against Barcelona.

Vincent Kompany has been awful recently. Credit: PA

"Vincent is an experienced player with a strong character. He must receive the criticism that everyone receives when our team doesn't have the performance that everyone hopes for.

"I think it's not a problem for him, I am sure that he will have a strong reaction."

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Video: Barcelona star Neymar confronts Man City fan

Barcelona forward Neymar appeared to confront a Manchester City fan at the full-time whistle of the Champions League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Neymar was substituted in the 80th minute of the last-16 first-leg game, which Barca won 2-1, and footage posted on YouTube shows the 23-year-old apparently remonstrating with a section of City's support from the visiting dugout.

Once the full-time whistle was blown, the Brazilian then walked to the pitch side and looked to be in a heated discussion with one City supporter in particular, with stewards intervening to defuse the situation.

Luis Suarez scored twice on his return to England although City striker Sergio Aguero narrowed the deficit before Lionel Messi missed an injury-time penalty. Watch highlights on our Champions League site.

Chelsea legend backs Man City for European glory

Frank Lampard believes Man City should be a little disappointed with their Champions League performances in recent years, but he's backed the "forward thinking" club for European glory sooner rather than later.

Lampard has backed City to get past Barcelona this year. Credit: PA

Lampard made the controversial loan move to Man City from New York earlier this season after leaving Chelsea last summer when he wasn't offered a new contract.

The former England international is now ready to help City achieve their own Champions League dreams having lifted the trophy with Chelsea in 2012.

I think maybe Man City would be disappointed in recent years where they have got to the Champions League but for me it is coming, it’s a club that is forward thinking so I think that in England we should be proud that we have got teams that are always getting to these later stages of the Champions League and I think that Manchester City can.

I can feel it in the club and we are certainly aware about what a big game it is that it’s a situation where we want to take it on and we want to show that you can get past Barcelona and try and advance all the way to the final.

– Man City midfielder Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard was speaking on behalf of the Bobby Moore Fund to celebrate the inclusion of England's greatest ever captain in EA SPORTS FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Legends exclusively on Xbox. Donate at http://bobbymoorefund.cancerresearchuk.org

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Photos: Man City prepare for Barcelona clash

Wilfried Bony could get his first taste of Champions League football with Manchester City on Tuesday night. Credit: PA

Manchester City underwent their final training session on Monday at the Etihad Campus ahead of facing Barcelona.

January signing Wilfried Bony was took part after making his debut against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Samir Nasri could be key after Saturday's performance. Credit: PA
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