Spaniard Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach, praised Argentine Lionel Messi, who was absent due to injury in the last two matches of Paris Saint Germain, and assured that he wants him to be able to play this Tuesday in the match of the second day of the Champions League.
“This type of player talks about the pitch. What he has done in his career is more than exceptional. I hope he can play tomorrow for the good of football,” Guardiola said about his ex-boyfriend.
The Manchester City coach did not want to make a comparison in this meeting with the semifinal tie that faced both teams last season, from which the English team came out with flying colors:
“Last season they were a fantastic team and it was a very close game and now they have Messi. They are great competitors, but it’s a new game, it’s the group stage, it’s different.”
“They have talent and we have to do it as a team, since we cannot pressure just one player. We have to be compact, help each other and know that we are going to suffer. They are very good, and against this type of team. you have to be able to suffer for 90 minutes, “he declared.
The Catalan coach admitted that John Stones will have his chance. “He was late (to the season) and then he got injured. Aymeric (Laporte) and Ruben (Dias) are playing well, but he needs minutes,” explained Guardiola, who announced that the German Ilkay Gundogan, absent against Chelsea, will not be in conditions to reappear until after the break due to the activity of the national teams.