Christophe Galtier, PSG coach, has confirmed that Leo Messi He will not join the discipline of his team until next January 2 or 3, two weeks after being crowned champion with Argentina in the Qatar World Cup. The captain of the albiceleste will continue on vacation in his country until then. «He had to return to Argentina for the festivities and receptions, and we decided that he was going to be away until January 1. He will return after 13 or 14 days of recovery, “said the French coach in advance of PSG’s return to the league, which returns to competition this Wednesday at the Parc des Princes against Strasbourg. It will be the first of the two games that Messi will surely miss, who will also not be in France for Lens-PSG to be played on January 1 at the Felix Bollaert.
The next game for the Parisians is on January 6, a Cup match against Chateauroux, in which it is likely that the Argentine will not play either. If so, Messi would not jump onto the pitch again until January 11, when PSG host Angers.
Messi’s long vacations contrast with the rapid return to training of Kylian Mbappe, who just two days after losing the final was already training in the gym. The French winger also participated last week in the friendly that PSG played against Rouen, where he came on in the second half to play the last twenty minutes. Mbappé will be in the game against Strasbourg, like the rest of the World Cup. All except Messi. «There are individual cases with players who went very far. Achraf played every game for Morocco. He wanted to return as soon as possible, just like Kylian. After speaking with him, he wanted to rejoin quite quickly, “Galtier explained about the different yardstick with the players.
The coach also referred to the relationship between the two World Cup stars, especially after the controversial celebrations of the champions, and the different state of mind with which they return to the discipline of their club. “You don’t have to mix. What matters to me is how they reacted. Mbappe had a very good attitude, despite losing. Of course he was very disappointed, but he did it with class,” he said. “He congratulated Leo and that is something very good for the club and for the team. »There is a lot of respect between them. They have an exemplary attitude after the games”.
PSG faces the second leg of the season as the outstanding leader of Ligue 1, with a five-point advantage over Lens and ten over Rennes, their closest rivals. In the Champions League, a tough round of 16 confrontation awaits him against Bayern Munich.