Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said he “doesn’t know how to stop” Paris Saint-Germain, ahead of their Champions League clash on Tuesday.
PSG, which are led by Mauricio Pochettino, currently lead Ligue 1 and have won all eight of their league games so far this season.
Pochettino was also in charge of the Tottenham squad which knocked out Guardiola City’s side from the Champions League quarter-finals in 2019.
And, despite knocking them out in the semi-finals last season, Guardiola insists beating PSG will be “so difficult” on Wednesday.
“With this amount of quality, I don’t know how to stop them,” he said at his press conference ahead of the Group A showdown.
“They are so good. This amount of talent makes it so difficult.
Guardiola will also face Lionel Messi – a player who has played 219 times under him at Barcelona.
In fact, the Argentine 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”, while Guardiola believes the winger is the “best” player of all time.
However, some reports indicate that the new signing from PSG may not be available for the game due to injury, but Guardiola insists he wants Messi to play “for the sake of the game” and admits that he was shocked to have left Barcelona this summer.
He said: “Messi speaks for himself, I don’t have to describe him. What he has done is more than exceptional and I hope he can play tomorrow for the good of the game.
“It was a surprise to everyone, but what happened happened. Everyone accepts it now, ”added Guardiola.
“A long time ago you couldn’t imagine it, but it happened. In life itself, you never know what’s going on. What is important is that he will be happy in Paris.