The football equivalent of mountain moving is what awaits Manchester City in the Nou Camp, where they will attempt to flip Barcelona’s 2-0 aggregate lead accrued in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Much like Wigan demonstrated in their shock FA Cup quarter final success at the Citizens’ expense, such improbabilities can be realised and Barca’s weekend defeat against Valladolid indicates Tata Martino’s men are far from invincible.
This 1-0 reverse will give City added belief that they can outgun the Catalan kings and qualify for the quarters at 7/1.
Here are three heroic Champions League comebacks that achieving such a feat would rank alongside:
Deportivo 5 – 4 AC Milan 2003/04
Early 00’s Spanish superstars Depor laughed in the face of holders AC and the 4-1 advantage they racked up in the first-leg of their last-eight affair, in a 4-0 rout at the Riazor.
By half time of the second-leg the tie was all square, before Fran’s 76th minute strike sank Kaka and co in red and black.
Monaco 5 – 5 Real Madrid (Monaco win on away goals) 2003/04
In what was a remarkable vintage of the world’s elite club competition, while Depor were breaking Milan hearts, minnows Monaco were simultaneously giving Los Merengues something to cry about.
A 4-2 pasting at the Bernabeu was nothing short of expected and the Ligue 1 side were friendless ahead of the return leg with the trophy-etchers practising scrawling Real Madrid on scrap metal.
In a moment for the romantics, though, the Galacticos were hamstrung by Fernando Morientes – a Madrid icon whose exit was enforced by the arrival of a string of world-class attackers tasked to fire Real to the Champions League crown.
He notched twice over the two legs, getting the second in the 3-1 Stade Louis II win that sent Los Blancos packing on goal difference.
Inter 3 – 3 FC Bayern (Inter win on away goals) 2010/11
The Nerazzurri were struggling to acclimatise to life after Jose Mourinho, but still found the time to shock FC Bayern after losing and failing to score in their home leg.
Die Roten brought a 1-0 lead home from the San Siro, but Goran Pandev’s 88th-minute winner sealed a 3-2 triumph and progression on away goals.