Guardiola reflects on Man City's defeat at PSG
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Paris Saint-Germain’s team might just be the best side in the world on paper after a sensational summer transfer window. Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Georginio Wijnaldum and Achraf Hakimi all signed for Les Parisiens as the French outfit look to finally win their first Champions League trophy. But the star attraction is the star-studded front three of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, the latter of whom is said to be willing to make a big sacrifice in order to help his new team-mate.
A window where they signed would be immense as it is, especially given that there is a combined total of over 250 European appearances between the quartet.
But with Messi’s transfer to the French capital, there is no room for error in their quest to finally win a European trophy.
Messi has won four Champions League titles in his time at Barcelona, and will be looking to make it five this season.
With the diminutive wizard marking his best position as the centre-forward role, there had to be sacrifices made by those in power to fit in their contingent of superstars.
However, Neymar has reportedly taken it upon himself to convert to the left-wing where he had played previously at Barcelona before his move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Forming a superb trio of himself, Messi and now-Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez, the Blaugrana won the 2015 Champions League in style with Neymar and Messi at the forefront of proceedings.
And the Brazilian has ‘been more than happy to convert himself into a winger again, playing on the left as he did with Messi at Barcelona, instead of being at the centre of everything, as he had been so far at PSG’, according to the BBC.
Neymar and Messi have had a stellar start to life together in Paris, winning all but two of their games as they look to dominate domestically and continentally.
Kylian Mbappe also echoed these thoughts, claiming that he wouldn’t mind doing the hard work if it meant Messi could shine more through the middle.
“I never imagined Messi coming here.” Mbappe told L’Equipe.
“He is one of the few players on whom I put a label of ‘impossible for me to play with’. For me, he was never going to leave Barcelona.
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“When you have Messi on your team, you know he has to do a little less to be more lucid to score.
“So if you have to do it, do it. No problem, it’s an established hierarchy.
“I agree to run when Messi is walking. No problem. He’s Messi, anyway.”
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