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Alex Scott explains Lionel Messi and Man City comment after receiving abuse on Twitter

ALEX SCOTT has explained her comments on Lionel Messi not getting into Manchester City's starting XI after a backlash on social media.

After watching City kick off the defence of their Premier League title with a 5-0 demolition of West Ham, the Sky Sports pundit claimed would struggle to fit into Pep Guardiola’s side.

Her comments were widely criticised, with many pointing to the fact Barcelona played a similar style to City when Guardiola was at the Nou Camp helm.

A barrage of social media abuse soon came Scott’s way, which she responded to on Twitter.

She tweeted: "Would 'todays' Messi fit into the Team? Of course, he could...

"But the point on the show, which I thought would be interesting to debate was...

"Would Pep have to change City's high-intensity style of play to fit Messi in? And if so, WOULD HE??"

Scott’s initial questioning of whether Messi would start for City was the result of Guardiola’s side implementing a high-pressing game against the Hammers.

She said: “Just looking at how Pep (Guardiola) plays the game now, everyone is high press, 100 per cent, tempo. So I don't know whether that would just be a question.

Alex Scott

Alex Scott has explained her recent comments about Lionel Messi (Image: GETTY)

Lionel Messi

Alex Scott isn't sure Lionel Messi would get into Manchester City's starting XI (Image: GETTY)

The point on the show, which I thought would be interesting to debate was... Would Pep have to change City's high-intensity style of play to fit Messi in? And if so, WOULD HE??

Alex Scott on Twitter

"Yes I understand, Messi is Messi, he's going to win you games, but just seeing how every single player for City is pressing, closing down, it's a different tempo."

A hat-trick from Raheem Sterling and goals from Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero fired City to the top of the Premier League table.

Guardiola was blown away by Sterling’s display, so much so he believes the England international is good to enough to up front.

“Since we start the season in China, then the Community Shield and then today he has scored one goal minimum per game,” he said after Saturday’s victory.

Scott

Alex Scott responded to criticism over her comments on Twitter (Image: GETTY)

Sterling

Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick in Manchester City's demolition of West Ham (Image: GETTY)

“In his first days he played as a striker and for me, a striker will be an incredible position for him.

“But he can play in three positions up front. I think in the first half he played at the same level as the team.

“And then in the second-half, he played at the same level as the team.”

City will next be in action on Saturday evening, welcoming Tottenham to the Etihad.