Guardiola insists Aguero will decide if he wants to leave Man City

City asked questions of its host after Messi's 17th-minute opener at Camp Nou, but Claudio Bravo's botched 53rd-minute clearance and subsequent handball to prevent a Luis Suarez goal left the team with a mountain to climb.

"Until the red card we had problems".

The former Barcelona shot-stopper was sent off for handling outside of the box, preventing Luis Suarez from scoring a certain goal.

We can forgive McManaman for being a bit of a homer, considering he played not only for City but also for Barca's rivals, Madrid.

FourFourTwo continue the theme that the difference between the teams wasn't as great as a somewhat flattering 4-0 score-line suggests.

Pep Guardiola insists he will not drive Sergio Aguero out of Manchester City.

Kompany, after recovering from his recent groin problem sufficiently to play as a substitute against Everton on Saturday, travelled to Barcelona but did not make the matchday squad.

"Barcelona are only at 80% of where they can be and this shows Manchester City are nowhere near Barcelona and will probably struggle to win the Champions League this year", added Neville on BBC Radio 5 live.

"People can say whatever they want, this is the way we need to play and we will win a lot of games like this".

It is also reported by the Daily Mail that Kompany is growing increasingly frustrated with his lack of game time at City, and those frustrations boiled over in training ahead of the Manchester derby.

Willy Caballero saved a late Neymar penalty, but the Brazilian scored from open play minutes later to complete a comprehensive win for the La Liga side.

"I am sorry, when Sergio decides to leave Manchester City, it will be his decision", said Guardiola.

Guardiola instead resorted to a formation he used often at Barcelona, playing without a clear striker and instead aligning Kevin De Bruyne up front as a "false 9" with wingers Manuel "Nolito" Agudo and Raheem Sterling.

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"English football can only hope". We'll give him support, but it's gone now. That's why, months into his tenure at City, Guardiola made the big call to drop long-serving goalkeeper Joe Hart and sign Bravo from former club Barcelona.

Finally, Phil Neville has backed Claudio Bravo. At City, the technique of some of his players isn't as good and he may be asking too much of defenders like Nicolas Otamendi, Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta to keep possession in often exacting situations.

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