Pep Guardiola: Very Happy Over City's 3-1 Victory Against Barcelona. (Highlight and Photo Speaks)


De Bruyne 26yds Shot
This, obviously, is the reason they sat tight for him, why they pursued him, why they set up everything to make it simply right.

This is the pivotal event Manchester City's pecking order trusted Pep Guardiola would give. All things considered, it is the beginning stage at any rate. It is one thing beating Barcelona in the gathering stage, very another to do as such in the knockout rounds.
Man City De Bruyne
City's players rush over to congratulate their 25-year-old colleague De Bruyne, following the stunning set-piece

De Bruyne Free Kick
De Bruyne (No 17) gives Manchester City the lead in the 51st minute, striking home an incredible free-kick

Willy Caballero Celebrates DeBruyne
City's goalkeeper on the night Willy Caballero - the 35-year-old Argentine - celebrates De Bruyne's goal with the fans

Da Silva, De Bruyne
Playmaker David Silva (left) and defender John Stones (centre) look delighted as they join De Bruyne (right)

Leon Messi Against ManCity
Barcelona's Argentine maestro Messi wheels away to enjoy his strike against Premier League table-toppers City

Lionel Messi Celebrates Goal
Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates with Luis Suarez (left) and Neymar (right) after his 21st-minute goal on Tuesday night
Bruyne Scores Against Marc-Andre
De Bruyne roars with delight after his superb shot flew past Barcelona's Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the Etihad Stadium

Gundogan Celebrates With Bruyne
Gundogan (right) celebrates his second goal of the match with Kevin De Bruyne (left), in the 74th minute
IIkay Gundogan Scores Barcelona
Manchester City's IIkay Gundogan (left) scores his side's third goal in an epic contest with Barcelona on Tuesday night
Messi Against Willy Caballero
Messi (No 10) strokes the ball with his left foot past City goalkeeper Willy Caballero to give away side Barca the lea
City's Players Against Luis Enrique
City's players gather in a huddle after their third goal against Luis Enrique's La Liga giants at the Etihad Stadium
In any case, until Tuesday night, City had not crushed Barcelona in this opposition by any stretch of the imagination. 6th time fortunate, aside from fortunes had nothing to do with it. City merited this. They outflanked Barcelona. More than a hour and a half, they were far the better group.

It could have been more. City had a commendable punishment bid turned down and missed a more prominent number of chances than they changed over. Guardiola's high squeeze put a delicate Barcelona back line under pressure, and the edge did not compliment the champs.

Yes, Barcelona are debilitated at the back right now, yet that ought to remove nothing from City. To recuperate from a 4-0 lowering in the Nou Camp takes coarseness and confidence — and they fell behind here, as well. For the period that took after Lionel Messi's 21st-minute objective, his sixteenth in 14 matches against English sides in Europe, the guests looked untouchable.

It would have been simple for City to disintegrate. They didn't. They got a toehold in the amusement and commanded from that point. After Ilkay Gundogan's 39th-minute equalizer, there was just going to be one victor. Gundogan's execution was a triumph for Guardiola, as well. His late spring marking scored twice and commanded midfield in the way Yaya Toure used to, with the exception of Toure never did it against Barcelona.

Keeping in mind City's guarded frailties stay, after last season's semi-last appearance this was an execution that proposes the club could be veritable contenders for the European title this season. Generally as Guardiola's managers trusted.

The third objective epitomized City's matchless quality. Kevin De Bruyne put a wonderful go in the face of Barcelona's good faith four, Jesus Navas crossed and when Sergio Aguero couldn't get the required contact, the ball fell generous for Gundogan to strike home. Barcelona had been opened up, as City were at the Nou Camp a month ago.

Guardiola more likely than not been satisfied in light of the fact that, for once, the mentor permitted himself a brief festival, a clench hand pump and a deliberate walk back to his seat. That is genuine euphoria in Guardiola's reality. That is Sally Field at the 1985 Oscars stuff.

Guardiola is on a precarious expectation to absorb information here, however. He is at long last discovering what it resemble to battle against European gentry, as opposed to be a piece of it. As director of Barcelona and after that Bayern Munich, he was in favor of the holy messengers to the extent UEFA were concerned. It is diverse overseeing City. It is harder to get a break.

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