Recently, PSG returned to the home field to welcome rival Lyon in Ligue 1. The line-up for this match of the Paris team continued to appear with the name Lionel Messi. However, in the 75th minute of the game, while the score was 1-1, coach Mauricio Pochettino suddenly withdrew Messi from the field to replace him with full-back Achraf Hakimi. Immediately after that, Lionel Messi bowed his head to leave the field in the surprise of many fans.
Coach Pochettino then immediately went to shake hands with the student, but Messi flatly refused before showing his displeasure with his fellow teacher. Minutes later, PSG completed the comeback with a goal in the 90+3 minute of Mauro Icardi.
Messi refused to shake Coach Pochettino’s hand after being substituted
Calculated until the referee blew the final whistle, PSG’s attacking trio was expected to be Messi – Mbappe – Neymar still had the old duo Neymar and Mbappe present on the field. Only rookie Lionel Messi was pulled out early.
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Statistics recorded after the match also show that, in about 75 minutes of playing on the field, Lionel Messi launched a total of 4 shots and 1 of these was the ball that went over the bar of Lyon. In addition, the Argentine superstar also made 46 passes, achieving an accuracy rate of 83%. In terms of average score, Messi was only scored by Whoscored 7.3 points, lower than Mbappe (7.5) and Neymar (8.3) this match.
Messi is yet to score his first goal for PSG
Immediately after the match, coach Pochettino also denied that he and Messi appeared in conflict after the decision to replace the 34-year-old superstar in the match against Lyon.
“This is definitely a decision that the coaches have to make to help the team. We all know that PSG have a lot of great players, but we are forced to make choices. Substitution decisions can make fans feel excited, sometimes it causes the opposite effect. Messi has told me that he is fine,” Foot-national quoted the Argentine coach as saying
Currently, after joining the team at the Park of the Princes, Messi still has not been able to get any goals for PSG. In the middle of last week, the powerful French team also caused great disappointment in the Champions League after letting Club Brugge hold a 1-1 draw.