Manchester City Manager “In Love” With PSG Star and It’s Not Lionel Messi

Published 09/29/2021, 4:09 PM EDT


Manchester City lost to Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League after goals from Idrissa Gana Gueye and PSG’s new signing Lionel Messi. However, neither Messi nor Gueye caught everyone’s eye as PSG’s Marco Verratti was deemed the main man on Tuesday.

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The Italian midfielder marshaled his midfield well and didn’t let City get a sniff of the ball. PSG kept the English Club at bay and performed admirably to further their chances of winning the UCL for the first time.

Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola spoke about Veratti in the post-match interviews and had some high praise for the player. When a reporter asked him about his playing style, Pep answered glowingly.

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“I’m in love. He’s an exceptional player because when he’s under pressure, he’s calm enough to take one extra touch, and at that moment, create extra passes behind our midfield players. Yeah, I know the character, the personality that he has. He did it again, and I am happy he is back,” he revealed.

Pep Guardiola reveals why it was difficult for City to build chances.

The game was a learning curve for the English champions, who are looking for their first UCL title as well. Additionally, Guardiola explained that his foe, and PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino’s tactics, got the better of him. However, many believe Pochettino simply has the better team at his disposal and the result was expected.

 

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“They defended deep with seven players, and it’s always the risk if you lose the ball and they can make one pass with Verratti who is an exceptional player and they make contact with Neymar or Messi and run it’s always difficult,” the Spaniard revealed.

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Lionel Messi scores his first PSG goal to kill Manchester City hopes.

While Verratti did receive praise from Guardiola, this was about Lionel Messi in the end as PSG’s star recruit opened his account for the Parisian club. While Gueye gave them the lead in the opening minutes of the game, it was Messi’s 74th-minute screamer that finished the match.

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The PSG defense held City at bay and Achraf Hakimi was instrumental in that and had a great game. The PSG team looks really strong this season, and fans won’t be surprised if the club finally wins something in the end.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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