PEP GUARDIOLA admits Paris Saint-Germain’s strike force is invincible now that they have added Lionel Messi.
Manchester City managed to beat Neymar and Kylian Mbappe by two legs in last season’s Champions League semi-final.
But the French giant went out and signed Barca legend Messi on a free transfer during the summer to give Mauricio Pochettino an embarrassment of money.
Guardiola knows his defense in the Plum group stage tie at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night will have his work cut out for him.
He said: “What should we do? I don’t know. This amount of quality. I don’t know how to stop them, they’re so good.
“When you have so much talent, it becomes so difficult to control it.
“When we have the ball, defend well and don’t let them run but it is very difficult.
“I don’t know if they are the best in the world – but they are extraordinary, they are all so good individually, they can connect and connect with each other.
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“But we look forward to playing the game.”
Guardiola and Messi enjoyed a successful four-year working relationship at Barcelona – where they won the Champions League twice together.
It was sad to see him leave the Nou Camp in Argentina this summer, but believes he made a good choice at PSG.
Pep said: “A long time ago, a few years ago, you couldn’t imagine it but it happened, football, life you never know what might happen.
“What’s important is that I’m pretty sure he’ll be happy there in Paris.
Hopefully on Tuesday he (Messi) can play for the benefit of the game.
“I think a player like this speaks for itself, I don’t need to add anything.
“We’re lucky to have seen him do it as a pro for 15/16 years – or so many years.
Messi speaks for himself, I don’t need to describe him. What he has done is more than extraordinary. “
The veteran forward is battling a knee injury that has ruled him out of recent matches – but was back in training over the weekend.
Although City’s job could be easier if he doesn’t fully recover, Pep insisted he would love to see him play.
He added: “Hopefully on Tuesday he can play for the benefit of the sport.”
Guardiola confirmed Ilke Gundogan will miss a trip to France and Sunday’s game at Liverpool due to an injury he suffered against Southampton nine days ago.