By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Manchester City will be playing against Paris St Germain in their second tier of this season’s champions league campaign.
As it is, Pep Guardiola, Manchester City boss will have to manage playing against the likes of Messi Neymar and Mbappe.
Pep Guardiola is unsure of how to contain such great talents. He openly admitted that he has no master plan in mind on how to contain Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe when Manchester City meet Paris Saint-Germain.
Worthy to note is that should Messi play against Manchester City on Tuesday, it’ll will be the first time he has gone up against his former boss Guardiola since the six-time Ballon d’Or winner departed Barcelona in August.
“This type of player speaks for himself on the pitch,” Guardiola said in a news conference on Monday. “I don’t have to add anything else.
“We are fortunate to see him in his 15, 16 years… I don’t know how many years since he turned professional.
“He speaks for himself. I don’t have to talk about him. What he’s done in his career is more than exceptional and hopefully tomorrow he can play for the good of the game.
“[Messi leaving Barca] was a surprise for everyone, but it happened and everyone accepts it.
“A long time ago or even few years ago you couldn’t imagine it, but you never know what happens. I’m pretty sure he’ll be happy there in Paris.”
Guardiola believes that Paris St Germain boss, Pochettino has the best trio on the front line of his attacking squad.
“Yes, they have the quality,” Guardiola said when asked if PSG’s frontline could challenge Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning Liverpool attack and Luis Enrique’s famed ‘MSN’ strikeforce.
“Both teams you mention had incredible players up front and good organisation and I think the manager from PSG can do it. The players they have upfront is the level of the previous teams I mentioned, of course they can do it.
“Football needs time, normally the people of football don’t give it to us, but of course the qualities of the players… For many years PSG always have top players, being conducted by top, top managers, that’s why always in the league, cups, Europe, they are there.
“We know exactly how difficult it is, maybe the most difficult, but at the same time we try to do our game knowing how good they are individually and collectively.”he said
Still speaking on how to hold the best trio presently in football, he said..: “I don’t know, with this amount of quality I don’t know what we should do to stop them.
“Honestly, they’re so good. This amount of talent altogether to be controlled, it’s so difficult. We try to defend well when we don’t have the ball and try to let them run when we have the ball.
“They’re exceptional players, everyone knows it. Individually they are so good, they can combine and connect with each other.
“The three players up front they can do whatever they want, play wide, narrow, one right and one left, they can combine well and have the quality.
“The talent cannot be stopped — we have to do it as a team. Individually we cannot put the pressure on one player to solve the skills and talents they have.
“We have to be compact, together and help each other, know we are going to suffer and be in pain, and how you handle the pain in these moments…you have to be able to suffer for 90 minutes.”he concluded.