Former Manchester City defender Danny Mills insists that the club need to spend money on better defenders if they are to compete with the very best.
Defensive errors from Martin Demichelis and Joleon Lescott – over two legs – aided Barcelona in knocking City out of the Uefa Champions League round-of-16 with an aggregate score of 4-1.
“Everyone City player is top drawer apart from the centre-half that plays alongside Vincent Kompany,” Mills told BBC Sport.
“They have all the money in the world but have not bought the right player.”
The first leg saw Demichelis concede and penalty and get sent off, whilst Lescott was dispossessed by Lionel Messi to open the scoring in the second leg at the Nou Camp.
Demichelis was also the culprit in conceding a penalty during the weekend, as the Citizens were knocked out by Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup quarterfinal.
“City should have gone out and spent £20m on a quality centre-half, not the £4m they spent on Martin Demichelis,” Mills added.
“You need to pay for quality. They should have spent big, they knew they had big important games coming up but they did not address it.”
Pellegrini was expected to purchase Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala to shore up his back-line, but the move fell through.
“City have done well but Martin Demichelis cost them in the first match and tonight it was Joleon Lescott. They are just not good enough at this level and City need to address that in the summer,” added former England international Mills, who played for City between 2004 and 2009.
“They are just not Champions League players. Lescott was lucky in the first half and he always has a mistake in him.”
Manchester City face Hull at the KC Stadium in a Premier League clash this weekend.