Telegraph: City fought to the end
- 13 March 2014 07:15
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Unsurprisingly, City’s UEFA Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp dominates the back pages of the newspapers you’re waking up to this morning.
Praise for FC Barcelona is in ready supply for the manner in which they approached this last 16 second leg but there’s also plenty of credit extended to City for at least making a game of it, despite the 2-0 deficit at half-time in the tie.
Henry Winter of the Telegraph is as measured and reasonable as ever in his appraisal of this absorbing encounter and reserves special compliments for the captain.
“Kompany is such a model professional, whole-heartedly committed to being the very best leader of the team and ambassador for the club, that one would have needed a heart of granite not to have some sympathy for City’s captain as he shook hands with the victors, his European dream wrecked for another year,” Winter asserts.
“This was a game when Kompany’s men had always been up against it, having conceded two away goals, but this was also a game which produced certain positives.
“Joe Hart demonstrated how he has trained on again under Manuel Pellegrini’s astute handling of that mid-season wobble. James Milner worked tirelessly for City, shuttling back and forth, making tackles and occasional chances. Edin Dzeko alarmed Barcelona’s centre-halves when he came on.
“City should not be too discouraged. They have acquired more experience of life in the VIP quarter of European football. They are developing a camaraderie that saw them compete to the very death here, even when reduced to 10.”
There’s plenty more salve for the wounds in that one, so why not read the whole piece here?
Vincent was disappointed that referee Stephane Lannoy didn’t give his side a penalty when Dzeko was tackled by Gerard Pique inside the penalty area in the second half.
However, the captain warned that City will be back next season and stated his belief that no-one will want to face them.
“It was a clear penalty - Edin Dzeko was in position to shoot and his trigger foot was caught,” Kompany argued.
"We've got nothing left in the tank, we gave everything - we could have scored earlier which would have changed the game.
"You have to take your half chances against the best teams."
"Over the course of the two games there was not much between the sides. Lionel Messi is an incredible player but outside of that it was even.
"Only the winners get remembered but it's only our third season in the Champions League. The way we have played means we should fear nobody next season and our time will come."
Meanwhile in the mixed zone, Lionel Messi told journalists that Barcelona’s place in the last eight was never in doubt.
The Argentine turned in a performance of the highest quality last night, scoring the opening goal to all but confirm the victors in the tie.
"We knew we had to get a goal to calm ourselves down because of the potential they have," Messi is quoted as saying on FourFourTwo.com.
"In spite of their goal, I think that the tie was never in danger. We played well throughout and achieved our objective of getting through.
"After two very serious slip-ups in the league, in games where we didn't play well, today we saw the Barcelona that people expect to see and we defeated a very difficult rival."
Finally away from Barcelona, Jack Rodwell has been linked with an emergency loan move to Uwe Rosler's Wigan Athletic.
It's thought that the midfielder would be used as a replacement for the injured Ben Watson - that's according to the Daily Mirror.
As ever, all loan or transfer news will be here on mcfc.co.uk - when the deals are done.
That's all for today. Roll on Saturday.