Guardiola: City were better in Nou Camp defeat

Guardiola: City were better in Nou Camp defeat

Players of Manchester City celebrate after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City and Barcelona at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Britain, on November 1, 2016.

The Argentina worldwide told his manager he was ready to play and completed 90 minutes as captain to help the Premier League leaders recover from a Lionel Messi opener and complete a stirring 3-1 triumph, as Ilkay Gundogan netted either side of Kevin De Bruyne's free-kick.

Reports in the Spanish media have suggested Aguero stepped in to play the peacemaker after Messi reacted angrily at the end of the game, calling an unnamed City player an "imbecile" and running after him, shouting: "Come back here, don't hide". I think from the moment we scored 1-1 we did really well. "When Barcelona had the chance to score the second goal the game would have been finished", Guardiola said.

Manchester City's Sergio Aguero has said he "heard something" in the players' tunnel after the victory over Barcelona but doesn't know if a reported altercation involving Lionel Messi took place. "I learned some things about my players, how we can play on the counter attack and we can use that as a weapon in the future but I am not more happy because we beat them".

For even if City still have work to do to reach the knockout stages from Group C - they are just two points behind Barca in second now - it is hard to escape the feeling all the Pep talking might yet transform another club's face and ambition.

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"They know well that City has good players, a good team, and obviously, they know that is not easy to come here".

Guardiola's team appear to have rediscovered their form after trouncing West Brom 4-0 at the weekend, and De Bruyne's return to full fitness has played a major part in that.

"Our players know that during 90 minutes you have bad phases, and we knew that time was over". Now we have one more game to win in February. That sureness Barca had in the first half, we were able to turn that around.

City, who had lost to Barcelona in Spain on October 19, started brightly, pressing high and taking the game to the Catalan outfit. When you play so well for the first 40 minutes, if after things don't go to plan, it's a odd feeling. In the second half we hoped to continue dominating the game, but it couldn't be. We were not able to control the game in the same way.