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The Welshman was delighted that some of his youngsters experienced the Catalan atmosphere last night...

Manchester City last night beat Barcelona 1-0 in the Joan Gamper Trophy at Camp Nou, with a line-up missing such illustrious names as Robinho and Emmauel Adebayor, a 27th minute strike from Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov proving enough to triumph over the European champions.

Manager Mark Hughes was particularly pleased with the display of some of the younger Citizens on show, especially Slovak winger Vladi Weiss, 19, a man with only 18 minutes' senior action in his legs, and a recent graduate from the Eastlands academy.

"I've been able to give some young players the opportunity to play in the Nou Camp, a night they will never forget," Hughes told City's official website.

"Barcelona have great depth and great young talent, as we saw. But the most outstanding young player was probably Vladi Weiss for City, and it was great to get Kieran Trippier on the pitch.

"I felt it was an experience that we needed. We are developing as a team and having the opportunity to come to the European champions and try and compete was vitally important.

"We're very proud, it was a great evening. To have a good night and win at the Nou Camp doesn't happen to many teams, so when it does happen, you have to enjoy it. It doesn't get much better.

"We're told it's the first time an English team has won the Joan Gamper trophy. OK, it's a friendly, but it's still a feather in our cap. Barcelona aren't allowed to lose friendlies, especially on their own patch."

The win has helped City increase the momentum generated by Saturday's away victory at Blackburn Rovers for their opening home game of the season against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend, and Hughes was expecting a passionate atmosphere to be generated by the fans at Eastlands.

"It was always going to be a big crowd. I'm sure they'll be swinging from the rafters after this," he affirmed.

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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