Pep Guardiola praises Lionel Messi after Argentine opens PSG account in win against Manchester City… with Catalan boss admitting it’s ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ to control his old prodigy for 90 minutes
- Lionel Messi scored his first PSG goal in their win against Manchester City
- Argentinian announced to beat Pep Guardiola’s side in the French capital
- The City manager praised his old prodigy after his trademark strike
- But Guardiola took several positives despite a 2-0 Champions League defeat
Lionel Messi announced himself in style at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night when his first goal for the club beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Messi took the game away from City late, but Guardiola picked up some positives despite a 2-0 Champions League defeat at Parc des Princes on a night when Liverpool beat Porto 5-1.
The City manager praised his old prodigy and claimed it was impossible to thwart him for the entire match.
Lionel Messi (center) announced himself in style at Paris Saint-Germain with his first goal
The Messi took the game away from Manchester City late to help PSG achieve a 2-0 win
“Messi’s goal was fantastic,” Guardiola said. “We know it’s impossible to control Leo for the whole 90 minutes, but he didn’t have much contact with the ball.
“We know very well when he can run and get close to the box, he is unstoppable. We already knew, we talked about that, we can’t control them for 90 minutes, these huge talents.
“The only option I know of is defending deep for 90 minutes and praying or getting the ball and trying to play your game. We played our game. Our attackers could be more aggressive and say ‘oh, I can score – I have this quality.. This is what they need to do in the future.’
City manager Pep Guardiola praised his old prodigy and claimed it was impossible to thwart him for the entire game
Messi pleaded for more time to settle in France after only his fourth appearance
Messi argued for more time to settle in France after making only his fourth appearance for Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG since leaving Barcelona this summer.
“I hadn’t been able to play lately and this was only my second game in this stadium,” said Messi. “I’m adapting to my new team. The more attackers play together, the better our relationship will be. We all need to grow and improve together and keep doing our best.
‘City were big opponents. It was very important for us to win the game after our draw against Bruges. I am very happy that I scored.’
Last year’s finalists missed a number of opportunities – not least when Bernardo Silva could only hit the bar from two meters before half-time. PSG scored with two of their three shots on target, Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring after eight minutes.
Bernardo Silva only hit the bar from two meters before the break in one of the many City misses
“The team was there, as was Stamford Bridge on Saturday,” added Guardiola. ‘We live. It was a good performance, we did everything we could but couldn’t score.
‘That’s football. That’s too bad. The most important thing was the performance, it’s the same here as at Chelsea. This was our team.
“Now we’re going to have a nice dinner tonight, have a glass of wine and relax for Liverpool on Sunday.”