City fell to their second defeat of the UEFA Youth League campaign with a 2-0 loss to FC Barcelona.
Although both sides had their chances, clinical first half finishes from Jordi Mboula and Cucurella proved the difference at a sunny Academy Stadium.
As with the match in Catalonia a fortnight ago, City started on the front foot. However, after Brahim Diaz and Javairo Dilrosun missed early chances, Barcelona punished the Blues for their prolifigacy.
Daniel Grimshaw maintained his role as the goalkeeper for the European team.
Sadou Diallo sat at the base of the midfield behind captain for the night Rodney Kongolo and Paolo Fernandes while Javairo Dilrosun and Jadon Sancho, fresh from helping England U17s to top their European Championship qualification group, flanked Brahim Diaz.