There was a lot of pre-match amble about the decision to include Demichelis against such an attacking Barcelona side, especially when he was going to be babysitting Messi for the match. That pre-match joking became a reality in the second half when he took down Messi in the area (debatable) and got sent off. 1-0 Barcelona and an uphill struggle for Man City.
Of all the players Pellegrini could bring from his former team, he brought Demichelis.
— kwabena (@stayne_) February 18, 2014
Utter donkey of a centre half that Demichelis, looks like one of those blokes off ice road truckers.
— Liam Roberts (@cardifforiginal) February 18, 2014
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) February 18, 2014
Replay of Demichelis trying to catch Messi. pic.twitter.com/Va0OZI1qyQ
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) February 18, 2014
It was inevitable. Demichelis Vs Messi was always going to end in a nightmare for City.
— Paddy (@PadraigAFC) February 18, 2014
David Silva showed his class all night long and relished his more advanced midfield role. To be fair you can put him anywhere and he will look world-class, but against Barca he was a leading light. I mean, if Chelsea fans are even saying they would like him, then he’s gotta be doing something right.
David Silva is such a beast. any forward would love having him as your midfielder.
— Erick Rodriguez (@ErickkRod) February 18, 2014
It's in games like this you appreciate how good a player like David Silva is. Cut from the same cloth as his opponents. Superb performance.
— Crippy Cooke (@Crippy4Villa) February 18, 2014
David Silva is absolutely stunning.. Amazing player I wish he was at Chelsea to be honest… He is fantastic
— ⚽️ChelseaFC_NJ⚽️ (@ChelseaFC_NJ) February 18, 2014
Pellegrini decided to start Kolarov and Clichy on the left but the combination never really worked. It’s obvious he saw Dani Alves as a threat but by not starting Nasri City lacked that attacking impetus.
Also, would've been a different game if pellegrini didn't start both kolarov and Clichy and has nasri on the wing instead.
— Garo Britsian (@GBritzz) February 18, 2014
City have spent all that money and they ended up playing Clichy, Kolarov + Demichellis tonight #poorlyspent
— Conor Prendergast (@conor_prendo97) February 18, 2014
Why why why did we not start Nasri and Lescott? Poor tactically from Manuel
— Danny (@DannyPotts_97) February 18, 2014