How to stop Messi, Neymar and Mbappe? I don’t know – Guardiola

Tue 28 September 2021 | 10:02

Manchester City coach has shared his opinion on today’s Champions League match against star-studded Paris Saint-Germain.

Paris Saint-Germain

will host

Manchester City

tonight at the Parc des Princes in the second match of the group stage of the 2022 Champions League.

Man City boss

Pep Guardiola

will have to face his former player,

Lionel Messi

; the superstar who featured 47 times for Guardiola’s Barcelona in the Champions League.

"Messi is the type of player who speaks for himself on the pitch,"

Guardiola said.

"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."

Asked about how he plans to stop PSG's three musketeers, Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, the Spaniard replied:

"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."

source: SportMob

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