Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola stood by his tactics — and his humilated goalkeeper Claudio Bravo — after seeing his side thrashed 4-0 by former club Barcelona.
Guardiola’s former talisman Lionel Messi gave Barca an early lead on Wednesday night, but City were still in the game until Bravo was sent off early in the second half after losing the ball to Luis Suarez and then handling his shot outside the box.
After that, Messi ripped them apart to complete his hattrick while Neymar scored a fourth after missing a penalty.
Pep says: “There were two ways to approach the game. We could have sat back and we could have won or lost doing that but I don’t know how to play that way and I don’t want to play that way.
“The more these Barca players have the ball, the more damage they do. It’s difficult to play against these players when you have 11. With 10, it was over.”
The Spaniard’s Premier League joint-leaders host Southampton on Sunday.
And he adds that his team can’t make anymore mistakes.
Pep says “We’ve given a lot to our opponents, starting in
Glasgow [the 3-3 draw at Celtic], the own goal against Tottenham, and missing penalties [against Everton],
“We created enough chances, we arrived at the byline many times, but with their strikers, when they arrive, they punish you.”