The Citizens’ boss had spoken out over referee Jonas Eriksson’s decision to dismiss defender Martin Demichelis in the last sixteen first leg tie at the Etihad in midweek.
The Chilean coach could be in trouble with UEFA over comments he made in the aftermath of the defeat in which he suggested the referee had been biased in favour of the Spanish champions.
Now, Spain international Sergio Busquets has stated that City can have no excuses following their defeat to last season’s semifinalists.
"I think that the referees make mistakes frequently. Sometimes those mistakes are good for you and other times are bad,” he explained.
"You have to leave the referees do their job. Sometimes their mistakes will be on your behalf and some others not.”
"The excuses when you lose are for losers. Is better (to) forget and focus on the next match," he added.
Busquets comments are unlikely to console Manchester City who now face a mountain to climb in the return leg next month at the Camp Nou. The Citizens will be hoping to overturn a two-goal away goals deficit in order to progress past Barcelona in the Champions League to the quarterfinals.
However, they can take some hope with them as Vincent Kompany asserted in his post-match interview with ITV:
“By no means did we feel they were superior to us,” said the skipper.
“They were there for the taking.”
Despite the result on the night, City can still hope to take the came to Barcelona at the Camp Nou. They have scored a sensational 68 goals in the Premier League this term against top-level opposition in England and may be boosted by a return of top scorer Sergio Aguero who was injured for the clash this week.
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