Manchester City earned a deserved three points in their Champions League group as they overcame Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium. This was a huge victory for the club as they finally begin to establish themselves as one of the best sides in Europe. It has been a long journey for City, but this victory feels significant as they can now compete with the very best teams that Europe have to offer. Pep Guardiola was brought in to take the club onto the next level and that is where they are headed. Here are three things that we learnt from City’s win over Barcelona…
City are serious challengers for the Champions League trophy
It was always going to be a slow process for Manchester City after their takeover in 2008, but they are finally beginning to emerge as one of the elite clubs in Europe. The infrastructure is impressive and they now have a team that can compete for the Champions League trophy. This was their sixth match against Barcelona, but only the first time that they managed to beat Los Cules.
Pep Guardiola has taken over at the Etihad Stadium and transformed City into serious players in just a few months. The Spaniard has been criticised for taking easy jobs, but his impact as City manager proves that he is one of the best managers that the game has ever seen. On Tuesday, he asked his team to press high and it worked to great effect. Barcelona were limited to counter attacks and City always looked like they were going to win the match. They reached the semi-finals last season, but City could be ready to go one step further this year.