vapor Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola feels the belief that will
be taken from the 3-1 win over Barcelona will be vital for the club.
Guardiola's men produced a brilliant comeback in the Champions League Group C
encounter at the Etihad Stadium after falling behind to Lionel Messi's opener,
with an Ilkay Gundogan brace and Kevin De Bruyne's superb free-kick steering
them to victory.
City were beaten 4-0 at the Nou Camp two weeks ago, and had lost each of
their four other meetings with Barcelona prior to that.
Tuesday's result leaves the second-placed Blues on seven points from four
group games, two points behind leaders Barca and three clear of third-placed
Guardiola said: "Considering our situation – how short a time we have been
together, having never beaten the best team in world, and our position in the
group – our victory today is so important.
"Now we have one more game to win to go in February (to the last 16), and
hopefully then it will be good, or better, to keep us going.
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purecontrol "This club was for many years out of Europe, while
these kind of clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich were playing
"We need time, and I know people don't have time, but I think the club will
give us time.
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cleats "And maybe today is a good step. Now we realise 'wow, we won
against the best team, so we are able to do that'.
mercurial "For the future generations, for new players coming in
the future, they are going to realise 'these guys were able to beat the best
team, and we have to do it again'.
"That is the process, especially in the Champions League.
"It is the same when the group of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany and those kind of
players won the Premier League two times – so the people who come now know, they
understand they have to try to do that."
Guardiola was delighted with what his team had produced from the moment they
equalised six minutes before half-time, but insisted he took no additional
pleasure from the fact the win had come against his old club.
"I am happy for City. I have played against Barca before. I am just very
happy we got three points," he said.
"I learned some things about my players tonight, how we can play on the
counter-attack, something we can use as a weapon in the future perhaps.
"But I am not more happy because we have beaten a club I love so much."
The visitors had been the better side up to Gundogan's leveller, which came
about when City pounced on a mistake from Barca full-back Sergi Roberto.
Luis Enrique said: "I think it was one of the best 40 minutes we have played,
particularly on a stage like this against a top-quality rival.
obra "It is a shame that after the error we made for the first
goal, from thereon we had a bad time.
"When you concede a goal in that way, it is normal that you go through a bad
period, but in the second half we hoped to continue to dominate the game.
"But because of errors we made and pressure from the opponents, we didn't
have as much possession of the ball. We weren't able to control the game in the
"The first 40 minutes were for us, the following 50 were for them, and the
result reflects that."