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Guardiola: Barcelona Loss Not My Worst

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The former Blaugrana boss saw his goalkeeper sent off and his former star grab a hat-trick, but he insists he has been through worse

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his team’s 4-0 loss to Barcelona was not the worst of his career.

A Lionel Messi hat-trick and a Neymar strike saw Barca to a resounding win in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Claudio Bravo’s red card early in the second half, with City trailing 1-0, proved particularly costly, while Jeremy Mathieu was sent off late for Barca.

Guardiola, however, denied it was his worst loss, pointing to a 4-0 defeat suffered against Real Madrid while he was at Bayern Munich in 2014.

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“The worst defeat of my career was with Bayern against Madrid,” he said.

“It was the whole situation and the mistakes I made with the starting line-up.”

Guardiola felt his team created enough opportunities to get on the scoresheet, but he praised Barca’s quality.

“Last time with Bayern [in 2014] we didn’t create chances but today we did, we created chances to score one or two goals,” he said.

“But Barca can punish you, they have a lot of quality. We controlled, except the goal.”

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