Published on March 19th, 2015 | by Daniel Cheeseman0
Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City | Daniel Cheeseman
“Thank you, Joe”
Before I start I’d just like to give a special shout-out to Joe Hart, for without him it probably would’ve been a similar result to last year’s World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany.
In all honesty there isn’t really much to say about last night’s game, other than that City were once again outclassed by a tremendous Barcelona side and constantly wasted the opportunities that were gifted to them.
I must say that given the chances we had over the course of the 2 legs against Barcelona, I’m amazed and disappointed that we only managed to score 1 goal. Everybody knows that attack is the best form of defence when it comes to playing against those sorts of teams, and when you add to that the fact that we had nothing to lose last night I expected us to ask a lot more questions of their goalkeeper.
We made the game very easy for Luis Enrique’s side yesterday because of how much time we allowed them to have on the ball, and even on the rare occasions when we did have possession it never really lasted for more than 20 seconds.
While I thought dropping a striker and having an extra body midfield definitely made a difference, it still wasn’t anywhere near enough to stop their far superior talents on the night. Lionel Messi continued to prove why he is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time, and I must admit that even I enjoyed watching him making a mockery of several of our players last night!
— james delargy (@jamesdelargy) March 19, 2015
It was a shame to see City having to resort to dirty tactics in the first half, especially after what happened to Gael Clichy at the Etihad last month, and it felt like it was only a matter of time before we saw red again. The fact that City had accumulated 4 yellow cards in under 30 minutes at the Nou Camp last night says to me that weren’t mentally prepared for the game, and unfortunately I think the only person who can be blamed for that is the manager.
All last night’s result does is confirm to us that we’ve still got a long, long way to go before we become a real threat in Europe, and I personally don’t buy into the whole “We’ve been unlucky with the draws” thing, as you’re going to end up playing a top side at some point in the competition anyway.
In the end I suppose it’s a good thing that Barcelona went through and not us, as it’s a much better advertisement for football to see teams like that being rewarded for playing the way that they do.
The Blues are back in action on Saturday against West Brom at the Etihad, and I’m hoping that we can bounce back quickly so that we don’t start to lose momentum in the league as well, but as we all know – anything can happen in football!