How Manchester city outclassed Barcelona..

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp hailed Raheem Sterling‘s performance on Tuesday night as Manchester City beat Barcelona 3-1 in the Champions League, claiming he “rose to the occasion”.

Pep Guardiola’s men suffered a damaging 4-0 defeat at the Camp Nou last time out, as Barcelona capitalised on some disastrous defensive errors to go five points clear at the top of Group C. However City had the chance to get their European campaign back on track in the reverse fixture at the Etihad on Tuesday evening.

The Citizens found themselves a goal down in the 21st minute thanks to Lionel Messi, but that strike seemed to galvanise them, as they equalised just before half-time through summer signing Ilkay Gundogan, assisted by Sterling.
Guardiola’s men then took the lead in the 51st minute thanks to a stunning free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne, who found the top corner from 25-yards. Andre Gomes provided a late scare when his effort hit the bar for Barcelona, but City wrapped up the result through Gundogan’s second strike in the final 15 minutes.

“Raheem Sterling really mixed it with the big boys on Tuesday night,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column. “He was among esteemed company on both sides but more than rose to the occasion.

“He should have won a penalty early in the first half, put in the cross for Ilkay Gundogan’s equaliser and got me out of my seat every time he had the ball at his feet. Some parts of his game still have room for improvement — such as his ball striking — but on the ball he was so dangerous in an action-packed 70 minutes.
“He seemed to be treading water under Manuel Pellegrini but with Pep Guardiola he is learning every day.”

The 21-year-old has scored four goals and created 11 chances in 10 Premier League appearances this season, with a shot accuracy of 71%, as City sit top on 23 points, level with Arsenal and Liverpool.

Next up for them is a home clash with Middlesbrough this weekend ahead of the international break.

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