With Martin Demichelis seeing red in the first leg of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, Manuel Pellegrini had little choice but to field Joleon Lescott in tonight’s match at the Nou Camp.

I know what you’re thinking – the swanky, world-class, virtually-unstoppable-at-full-throttle Lionel Messi could eat up the slow and sturdy Premier League veteran for breakfast. It’s a hell of a mismatch, and provoked some hilarious responses on Twitter:

 

 

Sticking to his English roots, the Manchester City centre-back approached the situation the only way he knew how… fouling Messi as often as he could in the hope he’d get away with it:

 

 

As you can see from this picture, it was quite clearly a penalty:

Oh… and then this calamity happened.

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