Daniel Taylor for The Guardian:
Perhaps the most dispiriting part for Manchester City came from that unmistakable feeling that, if anything, the gulf has widened. They have suffered plenty of times in this competition but has there ever been a time when the imbalance of talent has felt so extreme and they have been so grateful to be spared an even more harrowing ordeal?
Ouch but true. Barcelona were that good. During the first half it looked like Barcelona could score at will and were just toying with City. That the game only ended 1-2 is a massive let off for Pellegrini’s men. City’s manager will have to come up with a different tactical plan for the second leg in Spain.