Busquets rules out Man City excuses for Barca defeat
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets claims has shrugged off poor refereeing as an excuse for Manchester City 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. The Spanish midfielder refused to accept excuses from Manchester City following their defeat at home by suggesting that “excuses are for losers.”
Barcelona picked up a controversial victory on the road in the first leg of the last-16 Champions League tie with Manchester City with goals arriving from Barcelona star Lionel Messi and fullback Dani Alves.
The first goal came as a result of a spot-kick from Lionel Messi after Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis was shown the red card for bringing down Messi. Manchester City later complained that the decision should be withdrawn since the tackle was made outside of the box.
After the training session on Thursday, Busquets arrived in front of the reporters and explained that match referee Jonas Eriksson could have given the decisions in anyone’s favor.
“It has more repercussion when the referee favours us than when we are harmed,” Busquets said. “But excuses are for losers. Sometimes [refs] take something from you, sometimes you benefit. For me I did not foul Navas, it is pretty clear.”
Busquets also admitted that Manchester City put up a strong defensive display against Barcelona. The Spain international was surprised to see left-back Aleksandar Kolarov play a defensive role in the midfield. However, Busquets admits he foresaw Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini opt for a cautious approach against Barcelona.
“Kolarov on the wing was a surprise, but maybe in the English league it is easier for them, it is different in the Champions League,” Busquets added. “It did not work out well for them, but neither was it a bad game from them. In the second leg for sure we will see a more attacking City. They need to score goals.”
Barcelona have started to show the signs of a club that was once the most revered force in the world. The Catalan giants dominated at the home of Manchester City, who have been enjoying a brilliant season at home and abroad so far.
Manchester City are expected to come strong in the second leg of the last-16 tie which will be at Camp Nou. Manchester City haven’t yet lost an away game in the Champions League this season. The English club has even defeated the Champions League winners from last season Bayern Munich, so Barcelona will be certainly be wary of their adversaries.