FC Barcelona hosted Manchester City in the Champions League group C game on Wednesday night and it turned out to be a cracking game at Camp Nou. City started without their talisman Aguero and that kind of handed the initiative to Barcelona before the ball was kicked. Messi raced to a lose ball in the box where Fernandinho slipped at crucial moment as Messi rounded Bravo to score his and Barcelona’s first of the night.
Match Highlights (English)
FC Barcelona 3-0 Manchester City Highlights
[ UEFA Champions League 2016-17 ]
17′ 1 – 0 Lionel Messi scores after Fernandinho slipped and gave a free run to Messi who rounded the keeper to make it 1-0 for Barcelona.
53′ [ Red Card ] Claudio Bravo sent off after a moment of madness where he raced out of the box and tried to stop suarez chip with his hands while still outside the box. MENTAL !
61′ 2 – 0 Lionel Messi scores his second of the night to pretty much settle the tie.
69′ 3 – 0 Lionel Messi at it again, scoring his 7th Champions League hattrick and 41st overall.
Having won their opening two games, Barcelon sit top of the Group C with 6 points and they can pretty much seal their qualification with another win against City on Wednesday night. As far as City is concerned they need to get something out of these two next games as by the time they play matchday 5 Gladbach or Celtic might have overtaken them in group standings.
Team News & Lineups: Guardiola’s is likely to use his full strength side with Sergio Aguero playing upfront while De Bruyne, Silva and Sterling to start in attacking roles while Fernandinho and Ilkay Guendogan to start in central midfield roles
City has gone three competitive games without a win after that incredible 10 games winning streak at the start of Guardiola’s reign. But a defeat against Barcelona and a difficult game against Southampton in the midweek followed by United in League Cup present all new frontier for Pep who has never been in this kind of situation. Next couple of weeks can either make or put breaks on City’s campaign and it all starts with trip to Camp Nou.
Barcelona are set to start with Suarez, Messi and Neymar upfront while Busquets, Iniesta and Rakitic to play in central midfield. Vidal, Pique, Umtiti and Digne to play in defense.
Match Predictions: Barcelona has been troubled this season on consistant basis due to their all new defensive pairings at the back. Right back position has suffered the most with Dani Alves leaving the club whule Digne and Umtiti are yet to consolidate their positions in the back four. I can see City troubling Barcelona defense and scoring but with Neymar, Messi and Suarez upfront Barcelona should score more and get third consecutive win.