French newspaper delivers brutal assessment of Demichelis

The Argentine endured a torrid time as Barcelona ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium, after conceding a penalty and receiving a red card.

French publication L'Equipe delivered the most damning of verdicts on Manchester City central defender Martin Demichelis after the Argentine's horror show helped Barcelona to a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 clash on Tuesday night.

Demichelis was responsible for dragging down fellow countryman Lionel Messi early on in the second half, conceding a penalty and being sent off in the process for his troubles after denying the Barca talisman a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Television replays suggested contact had been made outside the area and therefore a penalty should not have been given but, even then, there was little argument against the decision to award the red card.

Manuel Pellegrini could land himself in hot water for his post-match comments about the official Jonas Eriksson but the City manager also came under scrutiny for his decision to field the former Malaga and Atletico Madrid central defender at the expense of Joleon Lescott, with Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker taking to Twitter to air his views on the selection: "Pellegrini wisely filling midfield, but Demichelis v Messi could get very messy indeed."

But L'Equipe took it one step further this morning by writing the following about the Argentine's display, as Barca took full advantage to put one foot in the quarter-final draw.

Their assessment read: "It's fairly incomprehensible that a club as rich as Manchester City can field such a mediocre centre-back."

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