Turkish international Arda Turan recovered from injury to make the match day squad but did not start.
Our Barcelona player ratings are listed below:
Ter Stegen – 6
He did concede three goals and could probably have done better dealing with De Bruyne’s free-kick but had it not been for a few important saves the score could have been even worse.
Mascherano – 4
Lacked the pace and work-rate to deal with the rampaging City attack.
Umtitti – 3
Lucky not to have conceded a penalty early on when he brought down Sterling in the box. Struggled to read the game and cope with City’s passing.
Digne – 2.5
Sterling used his flank as his own personal highway giving the France international a nightmare down the wing.
Rakitic – 4
Didn’t offer Barca a lot in possession and was reluctant to get stuck in defensively resulting in Luis Enrique bringing him off for Arda Turan on the hour mark.
Andre Gomes – 5
Caught the City defence napping on a few occasions and was denied an equaliser by the crossbar.
Sergi Roberto – 5
Manned his flank better than Digne but did not bring a lot to the table in attacking positions.
Busquets – 4.5
Uncharacteristically poor in possession. No other player was dispossessed of the ball more times than Busquets – three times. The Spanish international struggled with City’s high press and failed to provide the centre-backs with protection.
Messi – 6.5
Scored the opener in a classic Barcelona counter-attacking move but struggled to cope with City basically swarming him whenever he had the ball afterwards. The Argentinian looked frustrated towards the end of the game.
Neymar – 6
Ran half the length of the pitch to setup Messi with the opener but drifted out of the game afterwards and failed to exert influence on the game.
Luis Suarez – 5
Quite game by the Uruguayan’s standard who didn’t have much joy against the City defence.
Arda Turan – 6
Replaced Rakitic on 60 minutes but did not provide much of a spark coming off the bench. Turan worked hard, passed accurately – 80 percent – but failed to create a lot in the final third.