Lionel Messi scored for the first time in the colours of Paris Saint Germain and it is against his former Manager’s team, Manchester City.
The Argentinian scored the second goal with a clear left strike in the 74th minute to seal the victory for the Parisians.
Manchester City had more of the ball but couldn’t find the back of the net. Idrissa Gueye opened the scoring of the night in the eight minute and the stadium exploded with joy.
Kevin De Bruyne escaped a red card after he overstretched as he tried to challenge Idrissa Gueye for a ball in the 39th minute. But instead of getting the ball, he landed his studs first on the shin of the Senegalese.
New singing and debutant Gianluigi Donnarumma was busy in the night and PSG had reason to be thankful for for the former AC Milan shot stopper.
Messi now has seven goals against Manchester City in the Champions League and now also the second player in history to score in 17 successive Champions League seasons,
Speaking to the media, immediately after the match, Lionel Messi said. “They were great opponents. It was very important for us to win the match after our draw against Brugge. I’m very happy to have scored.”
“I hadn’t been able to play recently and this was only my second game in this stadium. I’m adapting to my new team.”
“The more we forwards play together the better our relationship will be. We all need to grow together and improve and keep giving our best.”
The six times ballon d’or winner admits he was getting desperate to score for his new club.
“It’s true that I was getting desperate to score my first goal,” Messi told Canal Plus. “I hadn’t played much recently and I had only played once here at home but I am settling into the team little by little.”
Pep Guardiola heaped praises on his old prodigy, claiming it was almost impossible to stop Messi for the entire game.
“The (Messi) goal was fantastic,’ Guardiola said. ‘We know it’s impossible to control Leo during the whole 90 minutes but he was not much in touch with the ball.”
“We know quite well when he can run and get close to the box he is unstoppable. We knew it already, we spoke about that, we cannot control them for 90 minutes, these huge talents.”
‘The only options I know is to defend deep for 90 minutes deep and pray or to take the ball and try to play your game. We played our game. Our attackers could be more aggressive and say, “oh, I can score – I have this quality..” This is what they have to do in the future.” He concluded.