After Pep Guardiola’s Man City side swept past all in front of them last year in the Premier League, becoming the first team in the the league’s history to break the 100-point barrier, comparisons have been made with his dominant Barcelona side at the start of the decade.
City’s record breakers also collected the greatest number of wins in a Premier League season, the most consecutive amount of victories, highest goal tally and goal difference, as well as the biggest winning margin in the Premier League’s 26-year history.
City have again started this season well and boast an almost embarrassment of riches going forward, further strengthened by the signing of Riyad Mahrez this term.
However, Pep’s Barcelona team were arguably one of the greatest club sides ever during that four-year spell that he had in charge of the club.
In the Champions League final of 2011, they ran rings around a Manchester United team that could barely get near them for 90 minutes, with Lionel Messi at his imperious best.
United manager at the time, the great Sir Alex Ferguson, labelled them the best team he had ever have faced.
With the midfield axis of Xavi, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets at its peak, alongside the end product of Messi, they absolutely dominated Spanish and European football, with Guardiola collecting 14 trophies during his four seasons at the Nou Camp.
So, does the potential of this record-breaking City team show any signs that they could beat that great Barcelona side of 2011?
Well, we asked you to have your say in our poll.
And it's fair to say that the result is emphatic in favour of the great Barcelona side of 2011.
Eighty six percent of you believe that Pep’s Barcelona team would beat his current City team if they went head-to-head against each other.
With that Barcelona team possessing arguably the greatest player to ever grace the game in Lionel Messi, and the outstanding midfield duo of the generation in Xaxi and Iniesta, it's hard to make a strong case for City playing against this side.
Who knows what this City side may be capable of in the future, especially if they do go on and win the Champions League, but for now, it is abundantly clear that you would not give them much hope against that great Barca side if they were to face off against each other today.
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