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Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City bear comparison to Barça and Bayern

Manchester City's Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov during training

Pep Guardiola offered a glimpse of his unique vision of football when he said Manchester City have been better at times this season than his gilded Barcelona and Bayern Munich sides. Before the club’s final Champions League group match on Tuesday night, a dead rubber against Celtic, the word he chose to describe City’s finest passages of play under him was “faster” than Barça and Bayern.

Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona send Celtic crashing out of Europe

Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action

Celtic should not feel shamed by falling victim to a Barcelona team inspired by Lionel Messi. More disappointing for Brendan Rodgers than this result in isolation, one assumes, is the fact elimination from Europe was simultaneously confirmed. Celtic’s manager must continue his rebuilding process when engaged only in domestic pursuits, with even the Europa League denied to his side.

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Manchester City's Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov during training

Pep Guardiola claims Manchester City bear comparison to Barça and Bayern

Pep Guardiola offered a glimpse of his unique vision of football when he said Manchester City have been better at times this season than his gilded Barcelona and Bayern Munich sides. Before the club’s final Champions League group match on Tuesday night, a dead rubber against Celtic, the word he chose to describe City’s finest passages of play under him was “faster” than Barça and Bayern.