Barcelona were dished out a dose of their own medicine as Pep Guardiola managed to beat the ‘demons’ he created, for the first time as Manchester City boss.

The signs were there for all to see a couple of weeks ago at the Camp Nou. Although Barcelona thumped City by a resounding 4-0 margin, the final score wasn’t a fair reflection of how the game actually transpired. While it was some poor defensive errors that caused the damage, City looked threatening on the attack and would’ve stood a good chance of taking something away from the game had they converted their goal-scoring opportunities.

And based on last night’s heroics, it’d be fair to say that Pep Guardiola’s side learnt a thing or two from their Camp Nou escapade. The Citizens upstaged the Blaugrana at the Etihad by an emphatic 3-1 margin in an encounter that progressed similar to the game two weeks ago. As in the earlier tie, Barcelona took the lead early before City began to pressure them and started threatening Ter Stegen’s goal. Except that this time around, they converted their chances.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City celebrates his sides win after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and FC Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 01: Pablo Zabaleta of Manchester City celebrates his sides win after the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and FC Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi scored the first goal on the night with a brilliantly initiated counter in the 21st minute to set the pace for Barcelona after being subjected to immense pressure from City during the opening minutes. The move, started by Messi at the half-way line, was finished by the Argentine when he picked up a precise pass into the box from Neymar and finished with aplomb. However, two Ilkay Gundogan goals either side of a spectacular Kevin De Bruyne free-kick meant Barcelona lost their 100% UCL record for the season with a surprise loss at the Etihad.

Twitter hailed Pep Guardiola’s tactical acumen and a superlative performance from the City players on a special night at the Etihad when the blue half of Manchester announced itself to the Champions League elite, as though a semi-final appearance in the competition last season wasn’t enough.

There was of course special praise reserved for De Bruyne for an absolute belter of a free-kick to send City into the lead on the night.

Guardiola’s change in tactics for the second half truly turned the tie on it’s head and had City rampaging at Barcelona’s goal.

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