Mauricio Pochettino heaped praises on the six time Balloon D’or winner ad his side cruise to victory against Manchester City in yesterday’s Champions League encounter at the Parc Des Princes
PSG got past Premier League champions City 2-0 at Parc des Princes, with Idrissa Gueye opening the scoring and Messi adding up in the 74th minute to secure the win.
Messi netted his first goal for PSG after four appearances since joing them for free in the off-season after his contract expired at Barcelona
Messi has scored more Champions League goals against City (seven) than any other player.
“I think it was amazing, his performance,” And he scored an amazing goal.
“He’s the best player in the world, that is no doubt. Of course, [I am] happy to see him showing his football.
“Him and all the team worked really, really hard to achieve that victory. [It is] Never easy, they’re probably the best team in the world, Manchester City. That is why we’re so happy.” Pochettino said in a post match interview
City were the better team in terms of stats, as they had 18-6 shots and 7-3 shots on target, but Pochettino was delighted with his side’s defensive play
Pochettino stressed that their attacking connection between Messi, Neymar and Mbappe is a work in progress and very soon he believes they will be the most frightening attacking play in Europe
“We can do it. They showed that we want to be united, to work together,” Pochettino said. “The quality is there. We have amazing quality and amazing players.
“The challenge is that all work in both phases of the game with the same capacity to suffer. Tonight we showed very good belief and I started to see the team that can work together, not only in an offensive way but a defensive one too.” Pochettino added
In addition Pochettino said, “They were a great strength of the team, they sought to be in the attacking sector, and the team was always well positioned. We managed to get out in transition.”
PSG are currently in the first place sharing the same point (four) Club Brugge, who won 2-1 at RB Leipzig, while City are third with three points.
“Today was a Champions League against Manchester City, we knew that we needed to show that being solid and help each other,” Pochettino said.
“But with time we will be better. We need to improve in other aspects. I’m very happy overall.”
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