Kompany blames referee for Man City’s Champions League exit
There is no one from Manchester City who didn’t complain about referee’s decisions after 2-1 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday. Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany led the charge by insisting his side should have been awarded with a “clear penalty” during the second-half of the game when Edin Dzeko was brought down in the box.
Instead of the spot-kick decision Manchester City fullback Pablo Zabaletta was sent of the pitch following a red car over protesting against the referee’s decision. Kompany believes the game ended for Manchester City at that point. The Eastlands had already lost at home with a 2-0 scoreline, which means Barcelona march to the quarterfinals with a 4-1 aggregate result.
“For me it was a clear penalty,” Kompany told Sky Sports. “[Dzeko] was in a position to shoot and his trigger foot is caught and it takes the chance away, but you never know if it would have been enough to qualify.”
Manchester City’s midfield star Yaya Toure also admitted that poor refereeing was done on both legs of the game. Toure also insisted that Manchester City had lost their chance to enter the quarterfinal during the first-leg defeat to Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.
“We learned we have to get a good referee,” Toure said. “I think if we had a good referee in both games, defensively we were fine. But I think to be honest with you we lost the tie in the first leg.”
Kompany took the Champions League exit to heart and suggested that it was just a matter of time before Manchester City started competing with the best of Europe for the Champions League trophy.
Manchester City, who were fresh out of an embarrassing defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup, had to endure their second straight loss in a week to Barcelona. Kompany insists that even in defeat Manchester City recorded positive form and that they will continue fight for better performances and results.
“I don't see why next year we should fear anyone,” Kompany added. “The way we played against Wigan and this was completely different performance. Only the winners get remembered, but this is only the third year ever for Manchester City in the Champions League. It is a matter of time. Every team gets its moment.”
Kompany further stated that even in defeat to Barcelona his side had been inspired by motivation and the huger to succeed. Kompany stated that he was proud of his team’s efforts against the Catalan giants since the team gave away everything and had “nothing left in the tank”.