Bacary Sagna had been wanting more starts for Manchester City, and he got one. We are not sure he would have thanked his manager however for the choice of match.
The French international was handed the toughest test of all to prove himself, away to Barcelona with City already 2-1 down from the first leg.
His selection over reliable Argentine star Pablo Zabaleta was a little of a surprise, and by the end of the first half it was one which BBC Pundit Robbie Savage was suggesting had been a disaster.
"I have no idea why Zabaleta hasn't started this game. Sagna is having an absolute nightmare!" Robbie Savage #BarcavManCity— BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) March 18, 2015
Sagna does have experience of facing Barcelona, playing them four times at the same stage of the competition with Arsenal. The problem being though, every match he had played at the Nou Camp he had lost, and on one occasion Lionel Messi scored four times.
The right-back was found wanting for the Blaugruna's opener last night, as Ivan Rakitic peeled off him into yards of space, with time to pick his spot to score.
Here is a look at how fans of his former club reacted to his performance...
Just saw the Barca goal. Sagna finally gets a game and gives up an Arsenal-esque goal. Rakitic all alone in the RB space on the back post.— Nick (@MSP_Arsenal) March 18, 2015
Soooo Sagna moved from a Arsenal to receive the same treatment from Barca ?— Shaun Ed (@ShaunEd_) March 18, 2015
Bacary Sagna is fully lost. Guy doesn't even know what day it is.— Arsenal News (@__arsenal_news_) March 18, 2015
Sagna LOL— Kimberley (@Kimmy_Arsenal) March 18, 2015
The reaction from Manchester City fans was not great either...
Not sure who our right-back is tonight as Sagna seems to have given up and abandoned the position.— City Watch (@City_Watch) March 18, 2015
Where was Sagna???— It's Always Blue (@itsalwaysbluemc) March 18, 2015
I'm staggered the stick Sagna is getting and nobody picking up the fact Kompany and Demichelis are so poor tonight.— Andy Savage (@mcfcforum) March 18, 2015