How Twitter reacted to Messi’s Manchester City mauling

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Manchester City already had a mountain to climb after their 2-1 defeat at the Etihad and with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in full flow, it was always going to be a difficult task to beat Barcelona in the Camp Nou.

The Sky Blues tried but ultimately failed in their task with Messi providing the majority of the magic for the hosts – here is the best of Twitter from the match.

Going into the contest, Manchester City’s terrible Barcelona record really came into focus with Sky Sports using the art of photography to subtly point the finger of blame in one direction…

Still, as Squawka noted, City did have a rather impressive record against Barcelona in one respect.

Away from the game itself, much of the focus was on Pep Guardiola, who was back at Barcelona! Luis Enrique need not worry too much though – he was only there to watch the game.

Many were predicting a dominant display from Barcelona.

With one man in particular showing his worth.

The first-half went according to plan for the Catalans and Messi, who set up Ivan Rakitic’s opener and could have added more. Messi’s own personal highlights were two rather special nutmegs delivered first to Fernandinho in the build-up to the Barca goal and then most notably to James Milner.

It left Milner feeling a bit like this…

And left Guardiola all like this…

In fact, Messi was so good, he could have done a better job defending than Vincent Kompany did.

Even Sergio Aguero was off the boil, missing a penalty that could have given the Sky Blues a lifeline late on. Though it seems Barca keeper Ter Stegen had some help from one of his Argentina teammates…

But at least he had promised to stay at the club until forever…

The final word must undoubtedly go to Joe Hart, however, who kept the scoreline respectable and silenced plenty of his critics in the process.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.