Manchester City took a big win in the Champions League on Tuesday, as they defeated Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium after two goals by Ilkay Gundogan and one by Kevin De Bruyne.
City were in need of some points as they only sat one point ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach heading into Matchday 4 in the Champions League. Barcelona took the lead through Lionel Messi in the 21st minute, but unlike the game in Spain, City battled back and managed to turn things around. Gundogan tied things up in the 39th minute to put the score at one apiece at halftime.
Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead with a deft free-kick in the 51st minute before Gundogan rounded up the scoring in the 74th minute. De Bruyne was very pleased to have gotten the win over Barca, as City now only trail the Catalans by two points.
“It was a big game for us,” De Bruyne said. “We know we were under pressure.
“The beginning was difficult – we made a few mistakes. The second half was very good.
“We deserved it. Barca didn’t create many chances and in the end, we deserved the victory.
“Everybody knows the style we play. Everything fell in the right place.
“Even in Barcelona, we tried to do the same. It’s difficult to do it against them. We’d tried at the Nou Camp with less luck.
“It’s an enormous boost to go further in the Champions League now.”
Gundogan praised the team’s mental toughness after the match, as he thought that played a big part in City being able to bounce back after falling behind.
“We dominated Barca,” Gundogan said. “We had a few more chances to score and the result was more than deserved.
“It was not so much about the tactics – it was about mentality. In the second half, it was a great game from us and an incredible night for everyone.”