For Messi, it was a debut in front of his own fans in the Prince’s Park in Paris. Although the match ended with the home team winning after a 2: 1 turn, it was not exactly the best experience for the legendary Argentine.
Pochettino’s Achrafa Hakimiho had to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines, after twisting his ankle with 76 minutes having been played. Messi was the replacement. Instead, he barked angrily at the coach and his compatriot.
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The coach, of course, risked a lot by pulling a big star in the key phase of the match, but his move was finally consecrated by a 2: 1 win, which was arranged by another Argentine Mauro Icardi at the set time.
“Everyone knows we have great players, we have thirty-five in the team. But we have to make a decision for the benefit of the whole team. Sometimes it leads to good results, sometimes it doesn’t. But such decisions are necessary, even if sometimes some people get angry, “Pochettino explained cautiously after the match.
“I asked him (Messi) how he was doing. And he said well, “the coach described the incriminating moment in the rotation of the six-time Golden Ball winner.
Messi is still waiting for her first shot in a new jersey. He made his debut with PSG in the Champions League last week and the duel in Bruges ended in a sensational 1: 1 draw. There was also criticism from experts that Parisians are weaker with their little Argentine than before his arrival.
On Sunday, however, he was close to his premier goal in the new office. After 32 minutes, he got a chance after a great collaboration with Neymar, but the goalkeeper Anthony Lopes eliminated his ground shot. A few minutes later, the stellar Argentine fired from a direct kick into the crossbar.
PSG consolidated their lead in the table by five points ahead of the big rival from Marseille after the victory over Lyon, which will be played by Sparta in the European League group. But they have one more match played.