Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho frustrated by the referee against Barcelona
The Brazilian feels that the 2-0 result was deceiving following a controversial decision in the lead-up to Barcelona’s first goal at the Etihad Stadium.
Fernandinho returned from injury to face Barcelona in what was arguably Manchester City’s biggest game of the season thus far.
“It’s really deceiving because the referee’s decision changed the game and the performance of both the teams. At the start of the second-half the teams were very equal, we got more possession of the ball, but when Barcelona had one more man everything changed. Now we have to give it our all to try and win in Barcelona,” said the player recently called-up to the Brazil national squad.
“Everybody saw that it wasn’t a penalty, the foul was outside the penalty area, but he gave it and it completely changed the game,” said the 28-year-old in reference to the referee's decision to award a penalty for Martin Demichelis’ foul on Lionel Messi.
Despite the result, the Brazilian was pleased to have returned to action.
“I feel good and in good shape. I tried really hard after two weeks without playing to get ready for this game. I’m upset about the result but pleased I could play.”