Manchester City latest: Pellegrini blasts ref; Barca man says second-leg will be difficult

Manuel Pellegrini

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The fall-out from Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona continues, with Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini saying referee Jonas Eriksson decided the match.

In quotes published in the Guardian, the Chilean said, “The referee decided the game.

Before the penalty it was a foul on Navas when he (Eriksson) was three metres from the play so he could see it. From the beginning I felt the referee was not impartial to both teams. So he decided the game.

“And after it was not a penalty, it was outside the box.”

Pellegrini went on to say that the referee “did not have any control of the game”, and it would be surprising if he was not charged for his comments given past incidences of such matters.

Martin Demichelis has generated a number of column inches today following his dismissal against the Spanish side, and the Metro reported that City also quickly deleted a tweet praising the Argentine's performance prior to his dismissal for a foul on Lionel Messi.

And finally, Barca player Javier Mascherano has been speaking about the match in an interview with the club’s official website.

The team stepped up, we played a great game,” the former Liverpool midfielder said. “The result is really good for us and we know that the second-leg will be difficult.

“City are a team that always create goal-scoring chances.”

They certainly are, but it will take one of the performances of their life to over-turn the two-goal deficit and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

image: © Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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