After much long wait, Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain, and the 34-year-old couldn’t have picked a better time for the strike. Despite having a 1-0 lead over Manchester City on matchday two of the UEFA Champions League. It felt as though the Premier League side would find the equalizer.
Nonetheless, Messi would score off a fantastic pass from Kylian Mbappé, resulting in PSG getting some breathing room. Following the match, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke to the media at his press conference, where he discussed seeing his former player score against him and the match overall against the French giants.
“We dealt with PSG first of all, but we know it’s impossible to control Leo during 90 minutes.,” Guardiola said. “[Messi] 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, these kind of options and create the chances that we could create, and I’m satisfied with the way we played (…) I wish him the best. If he is happy and enjoying this period in Paris, I will be happy.”