Champions League: Kompany: We’ll win it next year

BARCELONA 2 MANCHESTER CITY 1

(Barcelona win 4-1 on aggregate)

MANCHESTER City captain Vincent Kompany believes his team will be ready to win the Champions League next year, after last night bowing out at the last-16 stage.

City held their own against Barcelona’s star-studded side, but finally succumbed to a second-half goal from Lionel Messi, then, after Pablo Zabaleta was sent off and Kompany notched a consolation, Dani Alves completed the scoring.

But having improved on exits at the group stage in each of the last two seasons Kompany believes his team can soon challenge for the trophy.

“Every team gets its moment and our moment will come,” he said. “The way we have played means we should fear no-one next year, it’s a matter of time for us.

“Over the course of the two games when we played with 11 men there was not much between both teams. Messi is incredible and when he has the ball danger can happen, but if we could have scored earlier it would have been a different game.”

Manager Manuel Pellegrini, watching from the stands due to a two-game touchline ban, saw City go close twice through half-time substitute Edin Dzeko before Messi took advantage of hesitant defending from Joleon Lescott to score on 67 minutes.

Zabaleta was shown a second yellow card for dissent soon afterwards, though City netted in the 89th minute when Kompany finished from close range. But the home side found time for a winner when Alves turned in Andres Iniesta’s pass.