Friday 19 January 2018

City are a bunch of losers, claims Busquets

Busquets: City making excuses
Busquets: City making excuses

London Daily Telegraph

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has branded Manchester City 'losers' after their manager, Manuel Pellegrini, blamed Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson for the Champions League defeat by the Spanish champions on Tuesday.

Pellegrini questioned Eriksson's integrity and suggested the game was too important for an official from Sweden. Eriksson sent off City's Martin Demichelis and awarded Barcelona a penalty from which they opened the scoring.

"Referees make mistakes all the time, for and against you. But making excuses for why you lose is for losers," said Busquets.

Pellegrini is facing disciplinary action from Uefa after the governing body confirmed they were reviewing his post-match remarks. It seems inevitable that Pellegrini will be held to account since he claimed the referee was "not impartial" and was not a suitable choice.

The Chilean also suggested Eriksson's previous issues with Barcelona influenced his decisions.

Speaking in the aftermath of the 2-0 defeat, Pellegrini said: "From the beginning I felt the referee was not impartial. I think it was not a good idea to put a referee from Sweden in charge of such an important match, especially a referee who has made an important mistake against Barcelona in a previous match."

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero has revealed he hopes to return to training with City's first team next week. Aguero has not played since the 5-1 win at Tottenham on January 29 due to a hamstring injury. City have won only once, in the FA Cup against Chelsea, during the striker's absence.

UEFA, meanwhile, are waiting on reports from match officials and observers before deciding whether to launch disciplinary action against Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for an offensive hand gesture made as the 'keeper walked off down the player's tunnel following his dismissal.

TV pictures also appeared to show Bayern winger Arjen Robben spit in the direction of Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna. (©Daily Telegraph, London)

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