Video: ‘It Is So Difficult’ – Pep Guardiola Discusses Playing Against Lionel Messi, PSG’s Attack

Paris Saint-Germain will face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in hopes of replicating their 2-0 performance when they defeated the Premier League side in the French capital. 

In their first encounter, PSG saw Lionel Messi score his first goal for his new club following his arrival over the summer. 

Ahead of the matchup, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola spoke to the media at his press conference, and one of the questions asked by the press was over Messi and the PSG attack.

“It is so difficult. Sometimes when [Messi] got the ball, he doesn’t know what he’s going to do – even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do. There are players who you can tell if they are going to go right or left. When he has the ball, even he doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do. I can’t tell the players what he (Messi) is going to do, but hey, it happens with Neymar and (Kylian) Mbappé, with (Angel) Di Maria, with all the leading players of this team,” Guardiola said.

“Each player could be a full star on any team in the world, and all four are on the same team. But I’m still happy and happy that he’s still playing, at the level he plays and with the quality, so it will be good to face him. What Messi and Ronaldo did, I think, is unique, so I don’t think it will happen again.”

Over the weekend, it seemed as though the match against FC Nantes was the first game in which the trio of Messi, Neymar Jr., and Kylian Mbappé looked like a cohesive unit. The capital club will hope that can translate against Manchester City. 

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