Champions League: Messi In PSG Line-up To Face Man City
Lionel Messi has been named in Paris St-Germain’s squad to face Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday after recovering from a knee injury.
The Argentine, who played under City boss Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, is yet to score having featured in three games for his new club before missing two further matches through injury.
“He is in a very good way,” said PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino on Monday.
Messi could start with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, who are also in the squad.
Messi, 34, has scored more Champions League goals against Guardiola than any other player – six goals in four meetings, including four goals in two games for Barcelona against City.
City beat PSG 4-1 on aggregate in last season’s semi-final, before losing to Chelsea in the final.
But since then PSG have signed Messi, who has scored 120 Champions League goals, Sergio Ramos, who has won the tournament four times, Euro 2020 player of the tournament Gianluigi Donnarumma and several other players.
Both PSG and City have enjoyed most of their success since big-money takeovers in the 2000s. Abu Dhabi United Group took over City in 2008, with Qatar Sports Investments running PSG since 2011.
Seven of PSG’s nine league titles, and five of City’s seven, have come since those takeovers. But the big goal – the Champions League – has evaded both sides, with both sides losing the last two finals.