Messi’s strike 16 minutes to go sealed the Parisians’ three points after Idrissa Gueye’s opener, but the score hardly reflected what was an entertaining and balanced game.
The Spanish side showed much of the dominance of possession that saw them overtake Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, but on this occasion failed to find the net as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva both have hit the woods, the latter a few yards away with the gaping goal.
“[It was a] good performance, ”Guardiola told BT Sport. “We did it all. We couldn’t score.
“We defend well, they defend in depth and of course their counterattack is always dangerous with the quality they have but we controlled them and unfortunately we could not score. It’s football. Nothing to say except my biggest compliment to the team.
Guardiola knows Messi better than anyone having coached the Argentine throughout his four seasons at the helm of Barcelona, with the pair winning the Champions League twice.
“The goal was fantastic,” added Guardiola.
City’s big week ends with a clash against Liverpool on Sunday, and Guardiola said: “Now we are going to eat well tonight, we are going to have a glass of wine, we are going to recover and we are going to get ready for the game on Sunday . “