Manchester City’s winless streak stretched to four games after they were beaten 4-0 in Pep Guardiola’s much talked about return to the Nou Camp in the Champions League on Wednesday.
A hat-trick by Lionel Messi and a late goal by Neymar sealed City’s fate in a game that saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
Just as expected, both sides started the game pressing high up the pitch against each other, and in the first two minutes Barca goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter-Stegen was forced into a quick clearance as Guardiola’s men pressed him.
But there were very few chances in between, but Barca looked more comfortable on and off the ball, with City making a series of errors.
And it was one of those errors that led to the opening goal, Messi driving toward the City defence as he aimed to pass to Luis Suarez but the ball was cut out by the City defence, only for Fernandinho to slip and allow Messi a chance of beating Claudio Bravo to give the Catalans the lead.
But City were not without their chances, as Nolito, Sterling and De Bruyne all went close, but Ter-Stegen was alert to keep Barca’s lead.
Just like the first half, Barca continued looking the more dangerous side, even though City did have a few glances at goal, but appeared jittery for the most part as they either forced a save off Ter-Stegen or they misplaced the final ball.
And just when City would think they still had a chance in the game, Claudio Bravo’s attempt at passing the ball rather than clearing it saw him give it away to Barca, who could have scored by the goalkeeper stopped the effort with his hands outside of area, and the referee had no choice than to send him off and award a free kick to hosts.
However, Barca would also be reduced to 10 men, as Jeremy Mathieu, who had earlier replaced the injured Pique was shown a second yellow card within a space of five minutes.
Enrique’s men weren’t done though as Messi scored two more to complete his hat-trick, before Neymar completed the route with an 89th minute goal.
The result means Guardiola is yet to win in his last four games in all competitions.