- Pep Guardiola explained to his Manchester City players why in his view PSG superstar Lionel Messi is the best player he has ever seen
- Guardiola, who coached Messi during their time at Barcelona, mentioned the 7-time Ballon d'Or during a halftime locker room talk
- The 51-year-old coached the Argentine playmaker for four remarkable years at Barcelona between 2008-2012
Footage of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola explaining to his charges why Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi is the best player he has ever seen during a team talk session has surfaced on the internet.
In the latest episode of Man City's 'Together: Champions Again!' documentary, Guardiola delivered an emotional locker room speech during the Cityzens' Champions League tie against Club Brugge.
The documentary series provides behind-the-scenes access to City’s 2021-22 Premier League title-winning campaign and provides fans with rare access to what happens in the locker room.
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What did Guardiola tell his players about Messi?
“Do you know why Messi is the best player I’ve ever seen in my life?” Guardiola asked his players. “Because he is a competitor. He’s an animal." Pep said as quoted by givemesport.
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“And now, we pass the ball we take a look…When you pass the ball… attack here! You have to score the goals, guys!
“Messi passes the ball and goes in like a machine. He smells the goal! And you have to cross it and you have to arrive.”
Why did Pep use Messi as an example in his halftime team talk?
After recording a resounding win in their first Champions League group game, Guardiola's charges were given a wake-up call as Leo Messi inspired PSG to a two-nil win against his former manager.
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With the performance of the 7-time Ballon d'Or fresh in Guardiola's mind, he tried to inspire his boys to finish off Club Brugge despite leading 2-0 at halftime.
His emotional speech urged his players to deliver an attacking masterclass to beat their Belgian counterparts 5-1.
Details of why Pep Guardiola rejected the chance of signing Neymar emerge
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Manchester City have reportedly turned down the chance to sign Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar in a sensational swap deal that would have seen Bernardo Silva go the other way.
Despite preseason kicking off and the new campaign only weeks away, there is still speculation surrounding the future of Neymar in the French capital.
Initial reports suggested Neymar had been transfer-listed, with PSG willing to part ways with the Brazilian to free up their wage bill to some extent.