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Pep Guardiola: Impossible for Man City to control Lionel Messi

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Pep Guardiola believes that it was impossible to stop Lionel Messi as he scored his first goal for PSG against Man City in the Champions League. The best player in the world helped the French side in their pursuit of top of their group with the second goal in a 2-0 win. Messi was a massive doubt before the game but proved his fitness before kickoff. Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola were part of arguably the best club team in the history of football, winning two Champions League titles.

“We dealt with PSG first of all, but we know it’s impossible to control Leo for 90 minutes,” Man City coach Pep Guardiola said about Lionel Messi. “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. What we have done is minimize, as much as possible, this kind of options and create the chances that we could create and I’m satisfied with the way we played.”

“We did a really good game, but we should have scored goals and we didn’t do it. That’s why we lost,” 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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