Mauricio Pochettino on Lionel Messi’s first PSG goal - 'I had to celebrate it, I am sorry!'
Mauricio Pochettino hailed summer arrival Lionel Messi after the Argentine bagged his first goal in PSG colours in Group A victory against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Messi doubled the hosts lead in the 74th minute to wrap-up all three points for the French champions.
'I had to celebrate' - Pochettino delighted by Messi's debut PSG goal
It was what the 37,000 Paris Saint-Germain fans inside the Parc des Princes had patiently waited for, a glimpse of what Barcelona supporters had been fortunate enough to witness over the past 17 years: a Lionel Messi goal.
Speaking to the club's media team, Messi labelled PSG’s first ever win over Man City as "excellent" as they moved top of Group A.
He said: “I am very happy with the result, I think that we put in an excellent performance.
“It was a very important match for us, we wanted to win, especially after the draw at (Club) Brugge. We are very happy."
Messi struck his 121st Champions League goal, and his first for PSG, on 74 minutes in typical Messi fashion.
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates with team mate Neymar after scoring their sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes.
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He picked up the ball on the halfway line and drove towards the heart of the City defence with the ball glued to his left foot.
With the help of Kylian Mbappe, the pair dazzled Aymeric Laporte with a neat one-two around the defender before Messi beautifully planted the ball in Ederson’s top right-hand corner.