“With this amount of quality I don’t know how to stop them,” Guardiola ahead of PSG’s UCL clash on Tuesday

UNSTOPPABLE?  Pep Guardiola says he ‘doesn’t know how to stop’ PSG ahead of Champions League clash on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi a doubt for a potential reunion with his former boss

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he ‘doesn’t know how to stop’ Paris Saint-Germain, ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

PSG, who are managed by Mauricio Pochettino, are currently top of Ligue 1 and have won all of their eight league games so far this season.

Pochettino was also in charge of the Tottenham team who knocked Guardiola’s City team out of the Champions League quarter-finals in 2019.

And, despite knocking them out at the semi-final stage last season, Guardiola insists that beating PSG will be ‘so difficult’ on Wednesday.

“With this amount of quality I don’t know how to stop them,” he said in his press conference ahead of the Group A showdown.

“They’re so good. This amount of talent makes it so difficult.”

Guardiola will also come head-to-head with Lionel Messi – a player who played 219 times under him at Barcelona.

In fact, the Argentinian superstar has played more games, scored more goals (211), and assisted more times (92) under Guardiola than any other manager in his career.

Messi once described his former boss as ‘something special’, whilst Guardiola believes the winger is the “the best” player of all time.

However, some reports state that the new PSG signing may be unavailable for the game due to injury, but Guardiola insists that he wants Messi to play ‘for the benefit of the game’ and admits he was shocked that he left Barcelona this summer.

He said: “Messi speaks for himself, I don’t have to describe him. What he’s done is more than exceptional and hopefully tomorrow he can play for the benefit of the game.”

“It was a surprise for everyone but what happened happened. Everyone now accepts it,” Guardiola added.

“A long time ago you couldn’t imagine it but it happened. In life itself, you never know what happens. What is important is he’ll be happy in Paris.”

Source: TalkSports

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