Paris – Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola praised Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti after his team lost 2-0 to Paris in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi gave Paris Saint-Germain fans what they came for after he led his team to victory, scoring his first goal with his new club.
But Guardiola was not talking about Messi, and the Spanish coach praised the performance of Italian Marco Verratti, who gave a wonderful performance in the arts of the game in the midfield against City.
“I fell in love with him,” Guardiola joked when asked about the Italy international.
Verratti returned to play after missing four games with a knee injury, and PSG relied on him a lot to deal with City’s pressure, and the Italy international played a big role in the first half.
Guardiola explained: “He is calm under pressure and leaves his mark with the passes he plays behind our defense. I know his character and his abilities and he is happy to be back from injury. He is an exceptional player. Creating chances in the best spaces. That was evident in the first half.”