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Guardiola hails City win against 'best side in the world'

Ilkay Gundogan was City's two-goal hero
Ilkay Gundogan was City's two-goal hero

Pep Guardiola believes his Manchester City side overcame the biggest challenge in European football as they beat his old side Barcelona 3-1 on an epic Champions League night at the Etihad Stadium.

A goal from Kevin De Bruyne and two from IIkay Gundogan set up a famous win for City, as they edged closer to the last 16.

"I am so happy for the guys, it is the first time we have beaten the best team in the world," declared Guardiola.

"They had an amazing 30 minutes, we had a lot of problems but our first goal helped us a lot."

Goalscorers De Bruyne and Gundogan hailed Manchester City's second-half showing as they came from behind to beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Gundogan scored twice, sandwiching a brilliant free-kick from De Bruyne, as City roared back after conceding the opener to Lionel Messi.

A thoroughly-deserved win was the perfect response for City after they suffered a thumping 4-0 Champions League defeat at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago.

"It was a big game for us," De Bruyne said on BT Sport 2.

"We knew we were under pressure. The beginning was difficult, but I think the second half was very good. I think we deserved it."

Gundogan added: "We started a bit nervous, but after our (first) goal which was really good we won the confidence back and the second half was incredible.

"We dominated Barca in the second half.

"It was not so much about the tactics, I think it was more about the mentality, winning the one-on-ones. It was an incredible night for everyone."

On his free-kick, which gave City the lead in the 51st minute, De Bruyne admitted he benefited from an error from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

"I think the keeper was too much in the middle," the Belgian said.