Kompany calls for ‘QPR spirit’ for Barca match

The Manchester City captain says his side can perform a miracle against Barcelona.

Sergio Aguero celebrates with his Manchester City teammates after scoring the goal that secured Manchester City the 2011-12 English Premier League title. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany on Wednesday said he wants his team to remember their heroics against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) in 2012 as they prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League tonight.

City beat QPR in the dying minutes of the final game of the 2011-12 season to pip Manchester United to the League title.

They will need to write another chapter into the club's history if they are to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit in the Nou Camp tonight.

Kompany says his side need to deliver an equally glorious performance.

"Football is made out of nights like this - that is why we play this game. I know it's a tough ask, but emotionally, we probably won't beat what we experienced on the day we beat QPR. If anything, it should give us belief about chasing lost causes."

The skipper believes his strikers will play the most important role on the pitch tonight.

"I like to focus on my strikers because I know that if they score, we have a chance. That is what we need, but it's obviously one of those games where everyone has to be at their best: the defenders, the fullbacks, the wingers."

City boss Manuel Pellegrini will be missing tonight as he serves the first of a two-match touchline ban for criticising the referee in the first leg.

Kompany believes that while manager's absence will certainly be felt, it is something his side can overcome.

"If there is anything I have learnt, it is that usually you are a stronger team when everybody is there. The manager is part of the team as much as any player, but ultimately this is the kind of game where we won't need too much extra motivation."