There’s only one word that can describe this match: epic! Barcelona takes on Manchester City on Oct. 19 in one of the most anticipated matches of the Champions League. Don’t dare miss this game – click to watch!
This match has been called the highlight of the Group Stage of the 2016-17 Champions League, as La Liga’s Barcelona will host the Premier League’s Manchester City at Camp Nou in Spain. While these two teams will meet again in November, this match is deeply personal for Pep Guardiola, 45. The action starts around 2:30 PM ET so be ready to watch every thrilling second. Update: During the game, Lionel Messi, 29, scored a hat trick!
Soccer aficionados (or sports fans interested in what this “football” is all about) can watch this game via Fox Sports official live stream. CLICK HERE TO WATCH BARCELONA VS MANCHESTER CITY LIVE STREAM
For Pep, this is a major homecoming. Man City’s manager was born “a stone’s throw” away from Camp Nou, according to EuroSport. As a player, the midfielder spent the majority of his career with Barcelona, helping win the club’s first European Cup in 1992 and four consecutive La Liga Championships (from 1991 to 1994.) In his first season as coach, he led Barcelona to win La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League title. After three seasons with Bayern Munich, Pep took his talents to Man City.
Now, he’s coming home. “Barcelona are special in the way they play. They’re a machine,” he said ahead of the game, per SB Nation. “I love the way they play. They have three amazing players – Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar – up front. They are amazing on the counter-attack. They have a good build-up. They are a good team.”
Pep better use his first-hand knowledge of Barca to bring about a win for Man City. The Sky Blues are two points behind Barca in the Group Stage and a loss would be devastating. After a frustrating draw against Everton in Premier League game, Man City needs to bring their best if they’re going to walk out of Camp Nou with any points.
Though, you know what they say – “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” These two teams will have just two weeks to rest before they have their rematch, as Barca will hop across the channel to meet Man City in England. For the Sky Blues’ sake, here’s hoping they strike blood or their time in the Champions League will be short.
Who do you want to win this game, HollywoodLifers? Are you backing Barca or are you cheering on City?