Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hailed his side’s performance as they were beaten 2-0 by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Goals from Idrissa Gana Gueye and Lionel Messi – his first for the club – guided the Parisiens to victory in a tough night for City.

Next up for the Citizens is Liverpool at Anfield, in what will be an incredible test for Guardiola and his players.


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The Reds will go into the match full of confidence after smashing Porto 5-1 away from home on Tuesday night.

Guardiola is keen to switch his focus to Sunday’s clash, saying after the PSG defeat: “We’re going to eat good tonight, drink a glass of wine, recover and prepare for the Liverpool game.”

The Spaniard admitted he was happy with the performance on Tuesday night, despite losing the match.

He added: “Good performance. We did everything except score. They defended deep and were dangerous with counter-attack.

“My biggest compliment for the team.

“In the second half Donnarumma made good saves. The team was there – the same as Stamford Bridge. It’s a pity. We played to win. Unfortunately they didn’t need much to score their goals.

“The [Messi] goal was fantastic.”

Messi’s first strike for the French club will be one to remember, effortlessly guiding the ball into the top corner as City goalkeeper Ederson could only stand and watch.

On the goal, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said: “You see the pace, strength, balance and the technique to put it where he did. It was phenomenal. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken the game to another level.

“He was on the periphery of the game, he is at a new club and feeling his way in. Even superstars have to do that. You see the celebrations after the goal, that is relief. He is not usually so animated after. I love the reaction.”





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