PSG’s Idrissa Gueye claims it was ‘EASY’ to beat Manchester City for their lack of pace
PSG’s Idrissa Gueye claims it was ‘EASY’ to beat Manchester City due to Pep Guardiola’s lack of PACE after opening the scoring in Champions League group stage win
- Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring in PSG’s 2-0 win over Manchester City
- Star arrival Lionel Messi sealed victory with his first goal for the Ligue 1 side
- Pep Guardiola’s side had a chance to tie but failed to convert in the first half
- Gueye claims it was a comfortable win for the hosts despite lack of possession
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye has claimed it was ‘easy’ to tackle Manchester City’s attacking threat in their Champions League game, as Pep Guardiola’s side ‘didn’t have much pace’.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated the Citizens 2-0 and the 32-year-old opened the scoring in seven minutes with a grueling effort, before nullifying the City attack in the match alongside Marco Verratti.
Guardiola’s side dominated possession but failed to clear any clear opportunities before Lionel Messi sealed victory with his first PSG goal from a stunning finish on the back of a one-two with Kylian Mbappe.
Idrissa Gueye (center) opened the scoring in PSG’s 2-0 Champions League win over Man City
Despite the Paris side not seeing much of the ball, the defensive midfielder felt comfortable with the hosts.
“The most important thing is to stay solid,” Gueye told RMC Sport.
“It was not an easy game and we were able to defend well, play on the counter and create chances. We were able to score and now we have to concentrate on the next game.
“We had to stay compact in the middle and make the most of our counters to score. Today it was easy to defend as they didn’t have much pace.
“The most important thing is the performance of the whole team. We had to win after the draw in Bruges. We attacked as a team, we defended as a team. Now we have to prepare well for the next game.’
Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in their 2-0 win over Manchester City
Prior to Messi’s goal, City had looked from the most menacing side. Their best chance of the game came in the first half, but Bernardo Silva left viewers in shock when he missed the golden opportunity to tie.
Kevin De Bruyne lifted a glorious cross to the forehead of Raheem Sterling and the Englishman tapped the header towards a defeated goal by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
The ball bounced back off the bar and essentially fell into Silva’s lap. With Donnarumma stranded, a simple tap-in would suffice. Instead, the Portuguese maestro leaned back just a little too far – and watched the ball bounce back up onto the woodwork.
PSG currently top in Group A, playing their third group match against RB Leipzig on October 19, while last season’s finalists Man City are in third place and will face Club Brugge in second place.
Bernardo Silva missed a golden opportunity to equalize the match between Manchester City and PSG before half-time
Raheem Sterling’s effort came back from the bar and Silva somehow couldn’t hold it down