The Goal Was Fantastic: Pep Guardiola Hails Lionel Messi’s Unstoppable Show Against City

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On Tuesday night, Lionel Messi made his debut for Paris Saint-Germain by defeating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City with his first goal for the club.

Despite a 2-0 Champions League setback at the Parc des Princes on a night when Liverpool thrashed Porto 5-1, Guardiola found some positives.

The City manager lavished accolades on his old prodigy, declaring that stopping him for the entire game was impossible.

‘The (Messi) goal was fantastic,’ Guardiola said. ‘We know it’s impossible to control Leo during the whole 90 minutes but he was not much in touch with the ball.

‘We know quite well when he can run and get close to the box he is unstoppable. We knew it already, we spoke about that, we cannot control them for 90 minutes, these huge talents.

‘The only options I know is to defend deep for 90 minutes deep and pray or to take the ball and try 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 have to do in the future.’ 

Source: Daily Mail

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