Date: 20th March 2015 at 4:12pm
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Manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted the better team won following our exit to Barcelona in the last 16 stage of the Champions League in midweek.

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Following the first leg result, it was always an uphill battle and with Joe Hart being the clear Man of the Match for the second leg, it shows how much of a mountain it was for us to climb.

Had the penalty gone in, maybe things would’ve been different but Barcelona are Barcelona for a reason.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Pellegrini admitted he could have few complaints about the second leg result or the overall result in 180 minutes as he just had to hold his hands up and concede the better side won.

‘We lost against a better team, without doubt. It is very difficult to beat Barcelona, especially with Messi. We all want to continue in the Champions League, but we need to improve in Europe. In the last two years we have improved because we have qualified for the last 16. In both of those years we have played against Barcelona, but in the other years we didn`t qualify past the group stage. Maybe it was not our best chance to continue in Europe this year because we have important restrictions on the amount of players and amount of money we can spend, so it was a difficult year for our team in that sense.’

Pellegrini went on to say that he really does feel it would’ve been different without those restrictions, but certainly had we not been drawn against Barcelona again.

He was however happy with the efforts of the players and their attitude to the second leg, and he knows that with a little bit more luck with our chances, given the form Hart with in, maybe it could’ve been a closer affair.

‘In the first half we lost too many easy balls, we have technical players and we must keep more of the ball. However, I think Barcelona played very, very well which is why we didn`t create many chances in the first half. We needed to score two goals and we thought it might happen had we scored the penalty. That was a very important moment because we had 15 minutes more to play. In the second half we created more when we had to take the risk to go forward but I think in the first half we could have done better with the ball.’

The gaffer also again denied that formations were the issue, ending his interview by saying.

‘In the four games we have played against Barcelona we have played with four different formations, so it is not a problem. The problem is the performance.’

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