Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has praised his side’s confidence in the 2-1 loss at Barcelona, which brought to an abrupt end their first foray in the Champions League round of 16.
Dani Alves scored an injury-time goal as the Catalans defeated the Premier League giants to claim a comfortable 4-1 aggregate win and progress into the quarter-final for a seventh successive seasons.
Lionel Messi capitalised on Joleon Lescott’s error to finish a Cesc Fabregas pass midway through the second half and Pablo Zabaleta was sent off late on in the tie.
City captain Kompany prodded in from Edin Dzeko’s flick to level for the visitors before Alves turned in from Andres Iniesta’s cross in added time.
“We’ve got nothing left in the tank, we gave everything,” Kompany said.
With Coach Manuel Pellegrini in the stands serving his Uefa suspension, assistant manager Ruben Cousillas took charge of the side who were looking to overturn a 2-goal deficit from the first leg loss at the Etihad Stadium.
Their early chance was a Samir Nasri shot that was saved by goalkeeper Victor Valdes.
Kompany added: “We could have scored earlier which would have changed the game.
“You have to take your half chances against the best teams. Over the course of the two games there was not much between the sides. Lionel Messi is incredible player but outside of that it was even.”
The visitors were angered by French referee Stephan Lannoy’s decision to ignore what looked to be a Gerard Pique foul on Dzeko, leading to Zabaleta’s sending off for a second bookable offense with 12 minutes left.
“It was a clear penalty as well. Edin Dzeko was in position to shoot and his trigger foot was caught.
“Only the winners get remembered but it’s only our third season in the Champions League. The way we have played means we should fear nobody next season and our time will come,” Kompany said.
Pellegrini’s side now have only the league- where they trail leaders Chelsea by nine points with three outstanding matches- to end the season on a high, having won the Capital One Cup and losing to Wigan in the weekend out of the FA Cup.