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Published: 22:27 | 19/10/16

Guardiola defends tactics


Pep Guardiola insists that he will not change his style of play, despite watching his Manchester City side slump to a 4-0 Champions League defeat at Barcelona.

Lionel Messi netted the seventh Champions League hat-trick of his career, as the Catalans humbled ten-man City 4-0 at Camp Nou, but the game turned on the 53rd minute sending off of goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

Guardiola signed Bravo from Barca during the summer, and allowed England goalkeeper Joe Hart to go on loan to Torino, on the basis of the Chilean's superior ball-playing skills.

But the 33-year-old has looked far from impressive with the ball at his feet in the Premier League this season, and he made another unforced error on Wednesday night against Luis Enrique's side when he kicked a clearance straight at Luis Suarez, and then handled the Uruguayan's shot outside his area to earn a straight red card.

But Guardiola insists he will stick with Bravo and will continue to encourage his side to build from the back using the goalkeeper as an extra man.

"I spoke with him, he was disappointed but it's part of the game," the Spaniard told BT Sport 1.

"Until my very last day as coach I will try to play it from the goalkeeper.

"When we play good, it's because it starts from there.

"At that level it is hard, but until 10 against 11 it was open and we were competing against a team with a big personality. But after the card it was over."

City have now failed to win any of their last four matches, but Guardiola insists his side were in the game against Barcelona until Bravo's sending off.

"Every game since Celtic has been the same, against Everton it was the same with an own goal and two missed penalties. We need to change the atmosphere," he continued.

"We were there, we were in the game. We were pressing, we had the possession and we made the chances. We did it but we didn't take the chances and you have to do that to win the game

"We knew from the beginning it would be a tough group, now we have to focus on Southampton [at the Etihad on Sunday]."

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