Manchester City came back fighting in the second leg of their Champions League tie with Barcelona, clinching an impressive 3-1 victory.
Their first meet with the Spanish superstars ended in a 4-0 loss two weeks previously.
Pep Guardiola prepped his team for a performance that he said would need to be “near perfect”. The squad gave him a legendary win against arguably the best team in the world – showing exactly what they are capable of.
It didn’t start too well for the blues, when Messi – ruthless as ever – took advantage of a defensive mistake and made it 1-0 to Barcelona on the counter-attack.
Gundogan bagged an equaliser before the end of the first half and after this there was no stopping City.
Guardiola reflected on his squad’s performance post-game, saying: “I saw my players were upbeat – they knew they had gone through their bad moment. That sureness that Barca had in the first half, we were able to turn that around”.
De Bruyne put them in the lead six minutes into the second half. It took around 20 minutes of impressive play from the home side to take a more comfortable 3-1 lead, with a second finish from Gundogan.
The result puts City in a tense position in the qualification table. With two wins, a draw and a loss so far, another slip-up could take them out of the runnings and end their campaign early.
Next up for the blues is a re-match against Bor Monchengladbach in Germany, after a 4-0 victory in September.