PSG’s Idrissa Gueye claims it was ‘SIMPLE’ to beat Man City because of the lack of PACE in Pep Guardiola’s side after opening the scoring in Champions League group-stage win
- Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring in PSG’s 2-0 win against Manchester City
- Star arrival Lionel Messi sealed the victory with his first goal for the Ligue 1 side
- Pep Guardiola’s side had a chance to go level but failed to convert in the first half
- Gueye claims it was a comfortable win for the hosts despite a lack of possession
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye has claimed that it was ‘simple’ to handle Manchester City’s attacking threat in their Champions League clash as Pep Guardiola’s side ‘didn’t have a lot of pace’.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side beat the Citizens 2-0 and the 32-year-old opened the scoring seven minutes in with a lashing effort, before nullifying the City attack throughout the game alongside Marco Verratti.
Guardiola’s side dominated possession but failed to put away clear cut chances before Lionel Messi sealed the victory with his first PSG goal from a stunning finish on the back of a one-two with Kylian Mbappe.
Idrissa Gueye (centre) opened the scoring in PSG’s 2-0 Champions League win over Man City
Despite the Parisian side not seeing much of the ball, the defensive midfielder felt it was a comfortable with for the hosts.
‘The most important thing is to remain solid,’ Gueye told RMC Sport.
‘It wasn’t an easy match and we were able to defend well, play on the counter and get opportunities. We were able to score, and now we need 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 simple to defend because they didn’t have a lot of pace.
‘The most important thing is the entire team’s performance. We had to win after the draw in Bruges. We attacked as a team, we defended as a team. Now we need to prepare the next match well.’
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 the most threatening side. Their best chance of the game came in the first half but Bernardo Silva left viewers in shock as he missed the golden chance to go level.
Kevin De Bruyne lifted a glorious cross onto Raheem Sterling’s forehead and the Englishman flicked the header towards a beaten Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal.
The ball bounced back off the crossbar and essentially fell into Silva’s lap. With Donnarumma stranded a simple tap-in would suffice. Instead, the Portuguese maestro leaned back that little too far – and watched the ball rise back onto the woodwork.
PSG currently top Group A and will face RB Leipzig in their third group-stage game on October 19, while last season’s finalists Man City sit in third and will take on second place Club Brugge.
Bernardo Silva missed a golden chance to level Man City’s clash with PSG before half-time
Raheem Sterling’s effort came back off the crossbar and Silva somehow couldn’t keep it down
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