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The Man City keeper is eager to prove the club belong in Europe, though is refusing to take the Liga outfit's threat lightly despite recent league struggles

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is refusing to give up on the club's hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite needing to overturn a two-goal first-leg deficit away to Barcelona.

The Liga giants took a commanding lead back to Camp Nou thanks to second-half goals from Lionel Messi, who netted from the spot after being felled by Martin Demichelis, and a late strike from full-back Dani Alves.

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Hart does not believe City were able to give a true account of themselves at the Etihad Stadium and is keen to make amends on Wednesday night, saying the side can draw on their unexpected away win over Bayern Munich in the group stages.

“The tie is not over and we’ll go into the game remembering what we’ve done this season and what we are capable of and I think that’s how we have to look at it,” the England international told the club's official website.

“A positive performance is key and a result would be fantastic, but we need to go out there and show we can really play against the likes of Barcelona.

“We’ve shown what we can do when we beat Bayern Munich away in December and while it’s going to be tough, it’s not impossible.

“I felt we were there in the first leg, had sized them up and were ready to go, but stuff happens in big games and if you give a predator like Barcelona a sniff of blood and unfortunately that’s what happens.

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“Martin (Demichelis) was unfortunate and missed the ball by inches, but that can be the difference in games of this magnitude.”

Barcelona have struggled domestically in recent weeks, dropping back in the race for the Liga title following a shock defeat to Real Valladolid, but Hart nevertheless expects a tough test and will not be taking the Catalans' threat lightly.

“Does their form have a direct bearing? It does and it doesn’t but we understand what big games do to Barcelona,” the 26-year-old continued.

“They’ve been in the latter stages of the Champions League many times before while we are relatively new to it.

“I don’t think we can read too much into their league form away from home against the lesser sides in La Liga, especially as they are at the Nou Camp against a British side with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.”

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