Kompany claims injustice was done to Man City in second leg against Barca
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany claims injustice was done to his side when they weren’t given a “clear penalty” in the second leg of the last-16 Champions League with Barcelona on Wednesday. The Belgian defender believes the result of the match could have been different had Manchester City been awarded with the penalty decision.
Edin Dzeko was brought down in the box, but despite claims of a penalty the match referee decided against it. Moreover, Manchester City full back Pablo Zabaletta was shown the red card for protesting against the match referee’s decision. Kompany suggests that this decision all, but ended Manchester City’s chances of making a comeback.
After the match Kompany told Sky Sports that he was surprised by the referee’s decision of not letting Manchester City have the penalty kick and instead sending away Zabaletta, which essentially ended the game for his team.
“For me it was a clear penalty,” Kompany said. “[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.”
Kompany admitted he had taken the Barcelona defeat to heart. The Belgium international believes its time Manchester City starts challenging the most elite groups in Europe. Kompnay also insisted that his side had more than a chance to defeat Barcelona and enter quarterfinal stage of the tournament.
Manchester City got kicked out of the Champions League with a 4-1 defeat on aggregate, with 2-0 in the first leg at Etihad Stadium and 2-1 in the second leg at Nou Camp. Kompany insists Manchester City are at the cusp of making a breakthrough into the upper echelons of European football.
Kompany insists his side played well against Barcelona, but were unlucky when it came to decisions. The skipper insists that a lot of positive can be drawn from the Manchester City’s performance against Barcelona.
“I don't see why next year we should fear anyone,” Kompany said. “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 added that playing with such determination and desire to succeed had given his side motivation to record better results in the Champions League next year.