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Manchester City answer critics with an impressive win over Barcelona

Wednesday 2nd November 2016
It's amazing what a difference two weeks can make. Man City at one stage were in third place in the Champions League group, but now the Citizens have shown that they have the battling qualities to do well in the Champions League.

After being well beaten by Barcelona at the Nou Camp two weeks ago, Premier League giants Manchester City exacted their revenge with a very impressive 3-1 over Spanish champions Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.

The 21st minute goal from Lionel Messi for Barcelona was cancelled out by efforts from Ikay Gundoguan and a brilliant Kevin DeBruyne free-kick. Coming into the game much was made of Man City being in a crisis after The Citizens having failed to win their last six games before their 4-0 demolition of West Brom at the weekend.

The result at The Hawthorns on Saturday was just the result that City needed ahead of a clash with such magnitude. The game against Barcelona was no ordinary game.

Spanish giants Barcelona who have lost only a couple of games domestically this year, still do possess the world-class talent that we know they have. Lionel Messi, Louis Suarez and Neymar, the trio dubbed as MSN have started this season in impressive fashion.

The signs were no doubt were ominous when the little Argentine Messi scored, no doubt City fans were thinking here we go again!

This City team though, under manager Pep Guardiola are a different proposition. Critics have said that Man City are struggling, but the fact of the matter is they're still top of the Premier League.

Summer signing Ikay Gundoguan ever since joining the club and being a part of the first team has brought something to this Manchester City midfield.

Two goals from the former Borussia Dortmund player sandwiched in between a wonderful Kevin DeBruyne free kick helped inspire a brilliant turn around.

The final score which read 3-1 to Manchester City was fully deserved. The Blues were brilliant and played a brilliant game, they pressed and harried their opponents to brilliant effect.

Yes, it can be argued that regular first team players such as Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique were unavailable but City, especially in the second-half were rampant.

Barcelona who are normally so cool, calm and collected in their play - were very nervous and edgy with their play. After being emphatically beaten at the Nou Camp two weeks ago, the roles were reversed as City ruthlessly punished the Catalan side who made many errors on the night.

Andres Iniesta's injury for six to eight weeks was no doubt another factor in regards to this game, but Manchester City could only beat what's in front of them.

This win against the Spanish side arguably really sent out a warning to the rest of Europe. Last season against the same opposition, City showed a more fearless approach against their illustrious opponents.

Tactics were spot on and so was the personnel. This win showed the rest of Europe, Barcelona have their weaknesses.

Barca manager Louis Enrique arguably got his tactics wrong on the night, but that's not taking anything away from Manchester City. To conclude, Manchester City were brilliant and Barcelona had an off night.

City are not all of a sudden the best team in the world and Barca aren't all of a sudden the worst team in the world. The signs are good for City after this game, but there's a lot of work still to be done.
Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.

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