Date: 2nd November 2016 at 10:55am
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Manchester City produced a sensational performance to comprehensively beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi had given Luis Enrique’s side the lead midway through the first half, but Ilkay Gundogan’s easy finish from Raheem Sterling’s good work levelled matters up six minutes before the break.

In the second half though, Pep Guardiola’s side took their performance up another level.

Firstly, Kevin De Bruyne scored a magnificent free-kick to give City the lead, before Gundogan’s second 16 minutes from time secured their best win in European competition.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Although there were several impressive performances from the men in blue, one player, who struggled in the early stages of his Manchester City career, has come in for particular praise.

Sterling made a big-money move to the Etihad last year, but was unable to replicate the form we saw at Liverpool for the Manchester side under Manuel Pellegrini.

However, he looks to be reborn under Guardiola and, although he was harshly booked for diving in the first half, the England international produced a performance full of pace and trickery, worthy of the standing ovation he received when substituted 20 minutes from the end.

Unsurprisingly, many on Twitter were delighted to see Sterling produce a performance we all know he is capable of against a top side…

 
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