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Lionel Messi explains how Man City boss Pep Guardiola changed his game

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has opened up on his positional evolution at the club when current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was in charge of the Spanish giants.

"I remember that it was a surprise for me, because I was called up the day before the game, was made to go to Guardiola’s office at the Ciutat Esportiva, and I was told that he had been watching Madrid’s games a lot, as he did with every opponent," Messi told La Liga on DAZN.

The idea was that Madrid’s centre backs would follow me out, and the two fast wingers that we had would go around the back.

The Argentine enjoyed some of the finest years of his career under Guardiola's guidance - netting an incredible 211 goals and registering 89 assists in just 219 games with the Catalan at the helm.

He was going to put Samuel [Eto'o] and Thierry Henry on the outside, and I was going to play as the false centre forward.

Messi started out as a right winger at Barca but soon transitioned to a central role often termed as a 'false nine'.

"I wasn’t going to stay there, but rather come out and join up with the central midfield.
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