‘I don’t normally celebrate goals, but it’s the first time he’s scored for a team I manage, so I had to!’: Mauricio Pochettino delighted with Lionel Messi’s attack against Man City
- Lionel Messi scored his first goal as a PSG player in their Champions League win
- He played a one-two with Kylian Mbappé before hitting the net
- His goal followed Idrissa Gueye’s first-half attack in a 2-0 win over Man City
- Mauricio Pochettino said it was good to be on the right side of a Messi goal
Mauricio Pochettino, the boss of Paris Saint-Germain, enjoyed watching Lionel Messi’s first goal for the club in the 2-0 win against Manchester City.
The Barcelona legend sealed the win with a stunning result on the back of a one-two with Kylian Mbappe after Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring in the first half.
Messi had not scored in his first three games at the club following his emotional departure from Barcelona, and PSG boss Pochettino said it was nice to be on the right side of one of his goals.
Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-0 win over Manchester City
Messi had failed to score in his first three games at the club after an emotional departure from Barcelona
He said during his post-match interview: ‘I usually don’t celebrate goals, but today I did.
“I’ve watched him score goals from the other side of the pavement for 20 years and it’s the first time he’s scored for a team I manage, so I had to celebrate.
“You need this kind of performance and players like him need to feel the back of the net.
“After 20 years in Barcelona, he has to create a bond within the team. He feels different things, there are many new feelings for him.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted he enjoyed being on the right side of one of his goals
“First goal from our side, now that we’re on the same side, I really enjoyed it and I’m so happy to enjoy Leo’s first goal here.
“He’s top class, I know I’m not saying anything new, but I think he can improve a lot with time.”
Pochettino was pleased with the team’s collective effort to secure the result, which is their first Champions League victory this season.
Pochettino said Messi must ‘create links’ with PSG after two decades at Barcelona
Speaking to RMC Sport, he said: “I think the team has put in a good performance. We were able to take the pressure during the difficult times of the game against a very good side from Manchester City. We were able to play, to attack when necessary.”
“Teams are built over time, matches like this help. We try to grow, to build something.
“We have a very positive squad that knows what to do. It was a great game from our players, they should be congratulated. It was a great collective effort. Of course there are things to improve on.’