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Barcelona make a Mess of Manchester City

By Jim Gracey

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."

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