The Argentine centre-back was caught out of position, and chasing back arguably the world’s finest footballer. In a last-ditch attempt to win the ball, Demichelis only succeeded in bringing down his national teammate. A penalty, red card and advantage Barca quickly followed.
As the game finished 2-0 to the Catalans, 33-year-old Demichelis not only felt disappointment for the team but his performance could now have serious implications on his future.
Taking into account his age, declining ability, his suspension for the second leg and criticism from a section of the City supporters, could it be possible that Martin Demichelis has played his last ever Champions League match?
Speaking on Argentine radio and reported by Spanish press Mundo Deportivo, Demichelis said of his anguish:
“I’m sad. It is impossible for me to do a personal analysis of that moment.”
“I can’t blame the ref. On a personal note, I’m very sad, I’m nervous and powerless.”
“These errors mark you and hurt you, but the heartache of football goes away with more football.”
For large parts of the game Manchester City frustrated Barca, and Demichelis seemingly had the better of Messi by coming out of defence to close down the space. In spite of this, the City centre-back was still left in awe of Barcelona style, adding:
“I don’t think there is another team that can match Barcelona at their philosophy.”
Demichelis went on to say that despite the overwhelming task of beating Barcelona by two goals in the Nou Camp looks highly doubtful, but whilst an extra game remains, the Citizens will go to Spain with faith that they can still advance.
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