The German referee whistled two Barça matches last season
Manchester City-Barça of this Tuesday will be whistled by the German Felix Brych. The lawyer, 39 years old whistles Champions League matches from 2008/09 season and last year he directed two Barça matches:
- Group stage: Milan 1 - Barça 1
- Quarter final, first-leg: Barça 1 - Atletico Madrid 1
If we back to 2011/12 season, Brych was in charge to manage the Champions first-leg semifinal between Chelsea and Barça at Stamford Bridge, witha final result of 1-0 for Di Matteo's men.
Last summer he directed two matches of the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil, and the present Champions League edition he ruled 3 matches. With a home victory, another one of away victory and the last one a draw.
Manchester City's coach, talked about the qualifying round of last season, paying special attention to the fact that in the first leg match and second leg match his team ended with 10 players. After the victory of this Saturday against Newcastle, the Chilean coach attended the media to talk about the European clash.
"Sending offs must not be repeated. Referee is always key"
"It's not worth talking about what happened last year, but the penalty from Demichellis to Messi was outside the box"
At last, he also wanted to comment on the current situation of Barça:
"They are in a complicated institutional moment, but with footballers that they have they are always a great team. Barça's difficulty is in the quality of their players more than in the game. Beyond the 3 forwards we can't forget about Xavi, Iniesta..."