Ahead of this week’s crucial Champions League match, Pep Guardiola finally opened up about Leo Messi’s shocking exit from FC Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola has to be one of the people who completely regret not going after Leo Messi when the time was right. Nobody really gave him a heads up when the Argentine made the decision to leave FC Barcelona. As a long-life supporter of the club, Guardiola was as shocked and saddened by the news. We were no longer having Messi playing with the Blaugrana shirt as he got on his way to play at PSG. Even though he reacted to the transfer by explaining why he didn’t try to sign the star, Pep still hadn’t talked about the effect.
In many ways, Leo is directly responsible for Pep Guardiola’s greatest success at FC Barcelona. Together, they won the treble and dominated football from 2008 to 2012. After that, Pep got on an incredible journey that took him to win trophies in Germany and England. However, he still hasn’t been able to win the UEFA Champions League because he doesn’t have a player like Messi. Next Tuesday, his Man City side will face Leo’s PSG at Parc des Princes.
Guardiola hopes Messi can play.
With the news of Leo’s knee injury, there were bad news coming from Paris about his chances to play this crucial match. However, we got to see some pictures of the Argentine training alongside his teammates earlier today. Even though he was possibly going to miss the match, today’s images of him smiling on the pitch are reassuring. As it appears, the PSG star will be present for this match against Manchester City.
Guardiola simply stated he hopes Messi can play this match and he also spoke about his transfer to PSG via his club’s website: ”Hopefully tomorrow he can play for the benefit of the game. It was a surprise for everyone, but what happened happened. Everyone now has to accept it. A long time ago you couldn’t have imagined it, but it happened. In life you never know what can happen. I’m pretty sure he’ll be happy in Paris.”