UCL: Why Man City lost to PSG, Guardiola reveals

"We dealt with PSG first of all, but we know it's impossible to control Leo for 90 minutes," Guardiola said.
UCL: Why Man City lost to PSG, Guardiola reveals
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Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has revealed why his side lost their UEFA Champions League match to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

Goals by Idrissa Gueye (8') and Lionel Messi (74') handed he Guardiola's side their first first UCL group stage defeat since September 2018, when they lost 2-1 to Lyon.

Reacting after the French giant ended their 18 games unbeaten run, Guardiola hinted that his team's inability to score cost them the game.

He also spoke about Messi who scored his first PSG goal after four games in all competitions as well as his love for midfielder, Marco Veratti.

"We dealt with PSG first of all, but we know it's impossible to control Leo for 90 minutes," Guardiola was quoted by Sky Sports.

"He was not much in touch with the ball - of course he was coming back from injury, he needed a bit of rhythm - but we know quite well when he can run and get close to the ball, he is unstoppable.

"What we have done is minimise, as much as possible, these kind of options and create the chances that we could create and I'm satisfied with the way we played.

"People can't deny that we were there. We arrived here, we did our game, but it's always a risk when you lose the ball and they can make one pass, especially with (Marco) Verratti, an exceptional, extraordinary player, and make contact with Neymar and Messi and they can run, it's difficult.

"We did a really good game, but we should have scored goals and we didn't do it. That's why we lost."

"People can't deny that we were there. We arrived here, we did our game, but it's always a risk when you lose the ball and they can make one pass, especially with (Marco) Verratti, an exceptional, extraordinary player, and make contact with Neymar and Messi and they can run, it's difficult.

"We did a really good game, but we should have scored goals and we didn't do it. That's why we lost."

The Spaniard added that he was "in love" with Italy midfielder Verratti.

He however returned attentions to Messi who netted his seventh against Manchester City in the Champions League, more than any other player, while the Argentinian now has seven goals against sides managed by Guardiola, also the most of any player.

"I wish him the best," said Guardiola of his former Nou Camp star. "If he is happy and enjoying this period in Paris, I will be happy."

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