Soccer – Big City step delights Pep

Manchester City have taken a big step forward in their development by defeating Barcelona, according to former Barca and current Man City coach Pep Guardiola. Having fallen behind at the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens roared back to secure a famous 3-1 Champions League win over the Catalan giants, with Ilkay Gundogan (2) and Kevin De Bruyne doing the damage. And Guardiola was delighted with such a strong performance, with City having found a way to nullify the threat of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez for large parts of the game. He said after an almost perfect evening in Manchester: "This is a good step, we play against a great team and we compete. Now they will realise 'wow, we won against the best team'." Next up for the Citizens - who are 9/1 with bet365 to win the Champions League - in Europe is a trip to Germany to take on Borussia Monchengladbach, where a draw would almost certainly be enough to secure a place in the knockout stages.

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