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Man City boss Pep Guardiola admits ‘I don’t know’ how to stop Messi, Mbappe and Neymar in Champions League showdown

PEP GUARDIOLA does not know how to stop Lionel Messi and Paris Saint Germain’s superstar strikers.

The Argentine legend, 34, is expected to feature against his old boss at the Parc des Princes tonight despite nursing a knee injury over the last week.

So Mauricio Pochettino has the option to pick him alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in PSG’s Champions League showdown with Manchester City.

Guardiola said: “What should we do? I don’t know. With this amount of quality I don’t know how to stop them, they’re so good.

“When you’ve got this amount of talent altogether it makes it so difficult to control. Defend well when we have the ball and not let them run but it’s so difficult.

“I don’t know if they’re the best in the world – but they’re exceptional, all of them are so good individually, they can combine and connect with each other.

“They have all the talent and we have to do it as a team rather than putting pressure on one player.”

Guardiola and Messi enjoyed a successful four year working relationship at Barcelona – when they won the Champions League twice together.


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He was sorry to see the Argentine leave the Nou Camp in the summer but believes he made a good choice in PSG.

Pep said: “A long time ago, a few years ago, you could not imagine this but it’s happened. In football, life you never know what might happen.

“What’s important is I’m pretty sure he will be happy there in Paris.

“I think this kind of player speaks for himself, I don’t have to add anything.

“We’re fortunate to have seen him doing this for 15/16 years – or however many years as a pro. What he’s done is more than exceptional.”

While it might make City’s job easier if he does not fully recover from injury, Pep insists he would prefer to see him play.

He said: “Hopefully on Tuesday he can play, for the benefit of the game.”

Guardiola is expected to make a few changes to the team that won so impressively at Chelsea on Saturday.

PSG’s surprise draw against Brugge has given City some wriggle room in the group – and Pep’s men have a huge game looming at leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

Ilkay Gundogan is ruled out with a thigh injury while Guardiola has been careful with Kevin de Bruyne due to the injury he picked up in the summer.

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