Kompany: Barcelona were not superior to us
Published 18/02/2014 | 22:16
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was downbeat after his side's 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie but insisted the Spanish giants were not the best team they have faced this season.
City were reduced to 10 men when Martin Demichelis brought down Lionel Messi on the edge of the penalty box minutes after the break, the referee producing a red card for the City defender and pointing to the spot.
Messi waited for Joe Hart to make his move as he dived to his left and the Argentinian made no mistake as he struck straight down the middle to hand Barca the lead after 54 minutes for his 20th goal this season.
Dani Alves netted Barca's second late on as he collected Neymar's pass down the right wing and slid the ball through Hart's legs to seal the win for Gerardo Martino's visitors.
Kompany told ITV: "It was very tough but we felt that they were by no means superior to us.
"When it was 11 against 11 I thought we maybe gave a little too much respect to them in the beginning. They were there for the taking.
"They are incredibly efficient. When you play against them you do realise the individual quality of this team is phenomenal and it makes it so difficult the break them down they hold the superior authority.
"It's not the team that's put in the best performance against us but it doesn't mean they're not the best team.
"If they turn up at the Nou Camp in the next game - if they play like they're capable of playing - it's going to be a tough game.
"(But) Whenever we were going forward we looked like we were dangerous."