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Messi hits 3 as Barcelona beats Guardiola's Man City

20 Octubre 2016
Messi hits 3 as Barcelona beats Guardiola's Man City

"If I call a player it's perhaps because he is not playing much at the moment".

This is not something new, however, for City or for Pep, with this being the third time in four seasons that City will have visited the Camp Nou.

Elsewhere, it will be down to Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti to provide a solid base for their side and counter the issues that the likes of De Bruyne and Sterling will create for them with their movement and pace.

We all know that Guardiola teams love to control the ball and start their play from the back which will mean that John Stones, Otamendi, Fernandinho and Claudio Bravo will be subject to large amounts of pressure from the front three of Barcelona.

"But if one day he decides to do so, and I wish it won't happen, but if it happens there will be a list of four, five people and clubs wanting to sign him".

The former Valencia star, who spent the 2002-03 season at Camp Nou on loan from Lazio, went on to insist that Guardiola's side would have to catch Barca on an off-day if they are to emerge with anything from the first of two back-to-back UCL meetings.

I believe City will also return to what they know for this one, they've only played 3 at the back once so far with Guardiola competitively, and they simply can not risk losing this match to Barca.

The 31-year-old former Espanyol defender told a news conference: "We need to perform at the same level as them, we can't make mistakes".

"You can't let your game slip or your focus". You don't win here easily.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Luis Enrique or Josep Guardiola?

He has been there as a visiting coach before when his Bayern Munich side lost 3-0 in a Champions League semi-final a year ago and now he faces an equally daunting task with City.

Suarez then was thwarted by Bravo moments later after being played in on goal by Messi - the Chile global saving and then clearing his stabbed shot and subsequent rebound under pressure as the game went into the break.