Lionel Messi scored his first Paris Saint-Germain aim as Les Parisiens ran Manchester Metropolis ragged on the Parc des Princes in a 2-0 victory – and Pep Guardiola refused to reward his former Barcelona star on his magnificent efficiency.
Messi, 34, performed underneath Guardiola for 4 years on the Camp Nou, profitable three La Liga titles and two Champions League winner’s medals of their time collectively.
The 2 shaped a particular bond because the La Masia tiki-taka type that turned synonymous with the Catalan membership.
Nevertheless, Guardiola left Barcelona for Bayern Munich in 2012, with the pair but to be reuinited since.
There have been sturdy rumours that Guardiola would carry him to Manchester Metropolis final summer time, nonetheless a transfer by no means got here to fruition and the diminutive celebrity as an alternative moved to Paris Saint-Germain this summer time.
Messi has made a poor begin to life within the French capital to date, however his aim will go a great distance in proving the Argentine will now simply settle in and showcase his world-class expertise.
And Guardiola can have been regretting his choice as soon as he noticed Messi rating the second aim of the sport which basically sealed Metropolis’s destiny.
When requested on BT Sport about simply how good Messi’s efficiency was and the way he was unstoppable at occasions, Guardiola was surprisingly blunt about his former starling.
“Yeah, the aim was improbable,” was all that Guardiola may carry himself to say, possible irritated that he missed out on an opportunity to signal one of many world’s most embellished gamers final summer time.
And with PSG now forward of Metropolis within the group, there must be vengeance taken when Les Parisiens go to the Etihad.
Guardiola was simple on his gamers within the midst of arguably the toughest week the footballing calendar has ever seen.
After beating Chelsea on the weekend, PSG supplied a distinct sport than the Blues – however Guardiola additionally needed to sit up for a tricky journey to Anfield on Sunday, maintaining that in thoughts regardless of the journey to Paris.
And he has mentioned that his gamers will relaxation, drink wine and get again to their greatest earlier than the journey to Merseyside.
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