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Martin Demichelis, the worst performance ever in a Manchester Derby

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It is very hard to see incoming manager Pep Guardiola retaining Demichelis in his squad. It is highly likely that he has played his last ever game for Manchester City.

The Derby against Manchester United was Manchester City’s defender Martin Demichelis’ worst day as a professional footballer. He was at fault for Marcus Rashford’s winner, almost conceded a penalty, under-hit a back pass to Joe Hart which led to the goalkeeper getting injured and was ultimately substituted just after half time – in a bid to possible save him from himself.

But by then the damage had already been done. City fans were baying for Demichelis’ blood and rightly so. In the 16th minute he was dumped on his backside by schoolboy Rashford who eased past the 35-year-old to slot home United’s opener and ultimate winner.

If that wasn’t embarrassing enough it got a lot worse for Demichelis after half time. An innocuous back pass to his keeper fell woefully short and while Hart showed lightening reactions to slide and kick the ball away, the England keeper was left nursing an injured calf. Demichelis somehow managed to injure his own goalkeeper and the entire footballing world let out a chuckle.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini would later argue that Demichelis was ‘nervous’ during the Derby, a rather odd thing to say about a World Cup finalist with Argentina and a player with multiple club honours for Bayern Munich, Malaga and City.

What is rather obvious is that Demichelis’ career at the top level is nearing a close. He was linked with a move to River Plate in his homeland and City would be extremely foolish not to let him go in the summer. It is very hard to see incoming manager Pep Guardiola retaining Demichelis in his squad. It is highly likely that he has played his last ever game for Manchester City.

More pressing to City’s concerns is that their Premier League title ambitions have been well and truly extinguished. They’re in fourth, 15 points behind leaders Leicester and are now looking over their shoulders, clinging to their Champions League spot, with West Ham and Manchester United just a solitary point behind. Demichelis may have cost City a whole lot more than just a Derby and bragging rights.

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