After Barcelona won 1-0 against Manchester City at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night, booking their place in the Champions League quarter-finals in the process, City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits his side were second best against the Spaniards, reports BBC Sport.
A goal from Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was enough to send Barcelona into the quarter-finals of the competition for the 8th consecutive season, with the Catalan side having been 2-1 up on aggregate from their first leg clash. Barcelona were dominant in the 90 minutes, albeit while riding their luck at times in defence in the second half.
Luis Enrique’s side could and should have scored more goals at home against the Premier League holders, but were coming up against a goalkeeper in fantastic form, with Manchester City’s shot-stopper Joe Hart thwarting Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez on multiple occasions. The England international could do little about Barca’s goal on the night, and his manager feels performance levels weren’t good enough to earn a result.
Sergio Aguero missed a penalty late on for City, which summed up their evening, and confirmed their elimination in the last-16. On the game, Pellegrini said: “I think we lost against a better team without doubt. Lionel Messi is very difficult to contain. Maybe we didn’t play so well in the first half but we improved in the second and we took risks. We needed to score two goals and we thought it might happen had we scored the penalty. That was a very important moment because we had 15 minutes more to play,”
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