Demichelis accepts the blame

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis insists he was correctly dismissed for his challenge on Barcelona's Lionel Messi on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 20/02/14 at 10:37 Post Comment

Martin Demichelis: Given his marching orders on Tuesday night

Martin Demichelis: Given his marching orders on Tuesday night

With the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at the Etihad finely poised early in the second half, Demichelis was given his marching orders for denying his fellow countryman a goalscoring opportunity - a moment that changed the course of the match.

However, even though much of the City faithful feel aggrieved at referee Jonas Eriksson's decision to brandish a red card, Demichelis believes that the Swedish official was well within his rights.

"I tackled him because I thought I was still outside the box," Demichelis told The Sun.

"But I don't blame the referee. It all happened too fast.

"I have seen the moment again on TV and think 'why did I have to tackle him and not keep running by his side?'"

Manuel Pellegrini's men are certainly up against it after their 2-0 defeat to the Catalan giants, and may have to turn things around in the Camp Nou without their Chilean chieftain on the touchline, as he awaits to hear if he will be handed a UEFA charge for his conduct after the match.

And with Messi in the form he is in, it will be a major surprise if City can somehow manage to progress to the Champions League quarter-final.

"I was sure that I would get the ball when I made the tackle," Demichelis added.

"And then you think that you will steal the ball from Messi, you realise that you don't.

"But I did make the foul."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Jose: 'Cabaye move makes PL harder'

Jose Mourinho claims the transfer of players like Yohan Cabaye to mid-table clubs makes the PL "very, very hard" to win.

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company