Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets has dismissed claims made by Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini regarding the sending off of Martin Demichelis in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Pellegrini had questioned the competence of referee Jonas Eriksson during City’s 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium, criticising the match official’s decision to dismiss centre-back Demichelis.
The defender was sent off early in the second half for a challenge on Barca striker Lionel Messi, resulting in a penalty which the Argentina international duly dispatched, while Dani Alves grabbed the second in the closing stages.
UEFA are currently investigating Pellegrini’s comments to determine any repercussions, but Busquets had no remorse for the Chilean manager.
“The excuses when you lose are for losers,” he told reporters. “Is better [to] forget and focus on the next match.”
Busquets did not dispute that Eriksson could have made a mistake, but reiterated that is the nature of the game.
“I think that the referees make mistakes frequently. Sometimes those mistakes are good for you and other times are bad,” he added.
“They give more importance to an error on our behalf, in any game or any result. That happened a few days ago against Manchester City,”
City and Barca will clash again in the second-leg at Camp Nou on March 12.
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