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Barcelona make a Mess of Manchester City

By Jim Gracey

Published 20/10/2016

Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: John Stones of Manchester City slips under pressure from Luis Suarez of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSEP LAGOJOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez protests to the referee during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: Claudio Bravo of Manchester City FC is shown a red card during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: Claudio Bravo of Manchester City walks off the pitch after being sent off during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City holds off pressure from Jeremy Mathieu of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates with team mates after scoring his teams second goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: David Silva of Manchester City holds off pressure from Denis Suarez of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Barcelona's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic (C) and Barcelona's Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano (L) vie with Manchester City's Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (bottom) vies with Manchester City's defender John Stones (C top) during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) vies with Manchester City's defender John Stones during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENELLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: Players of Manchester City FC pose for a team photo before the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: Supporters of FC Barcelona show pro-independence of Catalonia flags while the teams enter the pitch before the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 19: A general view outside the stadium ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Manchester City's Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo warms up before the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
A general view from inside the stadium during the UEFA Champions League group C match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City FC at Camp Nou on October 19, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Old friends and team-mates: Luis Enrique and Pep Guardiola line up for Spain against Austria back in 1999
Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola

Unstoppable Lionel Messi showed his class as he bagged a hat-trick in Barcelona's 4-0 win over 10-man Manchester City to make it an unhappy return for City boss Pep Guardiola to his Nou Camp spiritual home.

City also had former Barca keeper Claudio Bravo sent off with the Catalan side adding a fourth goal late on through Neymar to compliment Messi's treble.

Guardiola, however, insisted he will continue to stand by Bravo, despite admitting that the keeper was at fault for the red card which saw him dismissed for hand-ball after he lost possession to Luis Suarez 15 yards outside the City penalty area.

The incident heaps further pressure on Bravo who has been dogged by high-profile mistakes since signing from Barcelona to replace England No1 Joe Hart in August.

But Guardiola insisted that Bravo retains his confidence.

"I spoke with Bravo, he was disappointed but it's part of the game," Guardiola said. "He's one of best goalkeepers in last 10 years. I don't have doubts about him."

Belfast Telegraph

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