3 Things We Learned From City’s 3-1 Win Over Barcelona

Manchester City produced a masterclass to upstage Barcelona 3-1 on Tuesday night in the UEFA Champions League.

A goal from Kevin De Bruyne on either side of Ilkay Gundogan’s brace ensured City claimed their first win over Barcelona in six attempts.

Here are three things we learned from the match

Ilkay Gundogan Is Proving To Be A Revelation

Manchester City two goal hero, Ilkay Gundogan

Having spent much of preseason recovering from injury, Gundogan looks like he’s finally found his footing. He’s deadly when going forward and has scored six goals so far including a brace last weekend against West Brom.

On Tuesday night he misplaced just two of his twenty-eight passes, covered a distance of 11kms and won back the ball six times.

Raheem Sterling Looks A Different Player

raheem-sterling

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for having found new life under Pep Guardiola and he again continued to prove that he just might live up to his valuation.

He should have gotten a penalty after he was tripped by Umtiti and he was a thorn in the Barca backline throughout the match.

Barcelona Didn’t React Well To Being Pressed

City went with a high press up the pitch and it forced Barcelona into uncharacteristic errors. Sergi Roberto and Digne were guilty of errors throughout the match.

Although it is almost impossible to press Barca throughout a match, City successfully pulled it off in the second half.

 

 

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