The Catalan coach says City played against “the best team in the world” in beating the Spanish champions 3-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola declared his side had beaten “the best team in the world” following their 3-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona.
City were beaten 4-0 at Camp Nou last month but put in a confident second-half performance to clinch three points that draws them within two of Group C leaders Barca.
Lionel Messi fired the visitors in front at the Etihad Stadium, before Ilkay Gundogan equalised as City capitalised on a loose Sergi Roberto pass across the defence.
A bright start to the second period preceded a Kevin De Bruyne free-kick that gave Guardiola’s men the lead over the manager’s former club, before Gundogan wrapped up the win with his second of the match.
And, while Guardiola conceded his players had endured a difficult start, he praised the attitude of his players after pulling level.
“Our performance 11 against 11 in Barcelona was much better than the first 38 minutes here,” he said. “In the first 38 minutes we saw the best team in the world. We were in really big trouble. When Barcelona had the chance to score the second goal the game would have been finished.