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Man City news: Pep Guardiola in awe of Lionel Messi after PSG star’s goal in UCL

Man City news: Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Lionel Messi and called him unstoppable following his first UCL goal for PSG.

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Man City news: Paris Saint-Germain defeated Manchester City 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night. A historic night for the Parisians as Lionel Messi finally ended his long wait for a goal in Paris colours.

The French club found the net with just seven minutes on the clock as Idrissa Gueye put the hosts in front with a fantastic finish into the top right hand corner. Some lovely play by Kylian Mbappe on the right hand side before the finish.

Manchester City were just not at their best on the night and didn’t have the usual flow. After the brilliant performance from them against Chelsea in the Premier League, you would expect them to be better but that was not the case.

Kevin De Bruyne missed a close call for red card after his tackle. Moreover, Bernardo Silva too missed an absolute sitter of an opportunity to put the visitors on level. The defence as well was shaky.

Manchester City News : Pep Guardiola in awe of Lionel Messi
Manchester City News : Pep Guardiola in awe of Lionel Messi

Manchester City will be up against Liverpool next in the Premier League in a crucial match. The Reds are in fantastic form at the moment and won their Champions League match 5-1 against Portuguese club FC Porto.

Man City news: Pep Guardiola waxes lyrical on Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has finally opened his account as a Paris Saint Germain player much to the delight of football fans all over the world. Messi found the net in the second half (74th minute) which was his 673rd goal in club football. The number 30 for PSG has arrived.

The Argentine drove towards the PSG box with conviction and found Kylian Mbappe making a smart run. Mbappe’s movement confused the City defenders who went towards him. Messi played the ball to him and he returned with a deft back heel.

And from there onwards it was a Messi classic goal. A curling effort into the top right hand corner with that magic left foot of his. Ederson Moares was a mere spectator to the brilliant shot from outside the box.

The Cityzens coach Pep Guardiola was in absolute awe of Lionel Messi. Having known as well as anybody does, he accepted that it’s impossible to stop Leo Messi when he’s on song. Furthermore Guardiola added he’s happy for Messi’s performance.

He was not much in touch with the ball – of course he was coming back from injury, he needed a bit of rhythm – but we know quite well when he can run and get close to the ball, he is unstoppable,” said Guardiola.

“What we have done is minimise, as much as possible, these kind of options and create the chances that we could create and I’m satisfied with the way we played,” explained Guardiola.

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He added, “People can’t deny that we were there. We arrived here, we did our game, but it’s always a risk when you lose the ball and they can make one pass, especially with (Marco) Verratti, an exceptional, extraordinary player, and make contact with Neymar and Messi and they can run, it’s difficult.”

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