Gary Neville feels Manchester City are still not ready to win at the top level of European football.
Manchester City's loss to Barcelona was a strange game. Barcelona dominated possession but had to rely on an incorrect penalty call to take the lead, while City had to play out almost 40 minutes with 10 men.
The fact they lost 'only 2-0' is in a bizarre way a compliment to them, in those conditions Barcelona would have battered many a team in the second half.
It was the reason Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany said he felt this Barcelona team were 'there for the taking' in his post-match interview. This was slapped down by television pundit Roy Keane much to the amusement of Rio Ferdinand.
Now another former United man has had his say, SkySports pundit and former captain of the Red Devils, Gary Neville.
Not a personal criticism but City displaying the reaction and hurt that comes with immaturity in Europe! I remember Galatasaray!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 18, 2014
Remember being on bus after in Turkey windows smashed to pieces thinking ' It's not fair we've been done' !! That's Europe!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 18, 2014
He surely knows his comments are not going to be well received from the City contingent of Manchester, but he likely thinks he isn't going to win many friends in blue regardless and may as well say as he feels.
Neville's Galatasaray comment is a reference to the Manchester United side of 1994, of which he was part of the squad who travelled to Turkey, to see his side knocked out on away goals.
The match was notorious for controversial refereeing decisions and post-match scuffle with Eric Cantona and the Turkish police, fortunately there was no such escalation of drama tonight.
What Neville is attempting to get at, is the response of United back then was that they were hard done by, and Manuel Pellegrini's post-game comments venting at the referee was an unnecessary outburst.
The referee was wrong to give a penalty, but his red card was the right decision with Martin Demichelis the last man as he fouled Lionel Messi.
Neville's comments may give City fans some hope, continue their trajectory and in five seasons, just like United did after the infamous game in Turkey they may lift the trophy.
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