PEP GUARDIOLA’S Manchester City revolution finally had lift-off after his side put “the best team in the world” to the sword on a rip-roaring night at the Etihad.
Two goals from Ilkay Gundogan and a second-half free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne gave the Manchester City boss a famous win against his former club Barcelona – the first time City had beaten the Spanish giants.
Pep Guardiola said he hoped the win could fill the whole club with the belief that they could compete at the top table with Europe’s royalty.
“For the first time in our lives we played against the best team in the world and we beat the best team, so maybe future generations here will think, ‘Wow, we can beat the best in the world’,” said the City boss.
“I’m so pleased for the players because the first 38 minutes were not good but in the second half we were compact and defended well with high pressing. If we had been able to finish better our counter-attacks... against the best team in the world our victory is so important.
“We have one more game to win and hopefully in February we will be even better.”
Guardiola insisted City should have had an early penalty which could have seen them take a 1-0 lead but refused to criticise the match officials.
“We were in real trouble early and they had a chance to score a second goal and we would have been done, finished.
"But our goal in the first half changed absolutely everything for our mood and the players. They realised that our bad moment was over.
City’s victory put them on the brink of qualification for the knockout stages in February. If they beat Borussia Monchengladbach in Munich on November 23 they are in the last 16 but a draw could well be enough if Celtic fail to beat Barcelona.