Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has admitted he deserved a red card for the foul on Lionel Messi that resulted in a penalty, during their 2-0 defeat to Barcelona on Tuesday, reports the Daily Mail.

The Argentine centre back received his marching orders in the 53rd minute for bringing down Messi, and his fellow countryman cooly converted the resulting spot kick.

City went on to lose 2-0, and face a mountain to climb when they travel to the Nou Camp on March 12.

City boss Manuel Pellegrini launched a scathing attack on Swedish official Jonas Eriksson after the game, insisting he favoured Barcelona and was not impartial.

However Demichelis has come to the official’s defence, honestly saying he deserved to be shown the red card.

He said: “I have seen the moment again on TV and think ‘why did I have to tackle him and not keep running by his side?'”

“I was sure that I would get the ball when I made the tackle. And then you think that you will steal the ball from Messi, you realise that you don’t. But I made the foul,” the 33-year-old added.

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