Before his injury-related substitution at the break in PSG’s 2-1 win against Lille OSC in Ligue 1, Lionel Messi did little. His appearances in Ligue 1 for PSG are more and more puzzling.
Paris coach Mauricio Pochettino justified Messi’s substitution at break for Mauro Icardi as a “precautionary measure”: “He has not been able to continue playing, but it’s not a big deal,” said Pochettino Amazon prime after the 2-1 against champions Lille.
However, Messi’s compatriot had also noticed that PSG had not taken place offensively in the first half. “Lille knows us well. We haven’t been able to feed our attacking players and take control of the game. But I don’t think that swapping a single player or a single position changes everything,” said Pochettino.
Messi, who came up as the wrong nine, barely did anything against Lille. “It was 45 minutes that were unworthy of his legendary talent. He was imprecise in front of the goal and in his passports,” said the team Le Figaro, but at the same time took Messi a little under protection. After all, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is not the only Parisian player “football is more of a stammer”.
France’s largest sports newspaper The team gave Messi a lousy grade of 3 (10 being the best possible) and wrote: “It seemed like the Argentine, in whatever position, was unable to use his incredible technique to the advantage of his teammates.” Messi appeared “imprecise and awkward”.
Lionel Messi at PSG: No one is worse in this statistic
In five games and a total of 325 minutes of playing time, Messi is still waiting for a scorer point in Ligue 1. According to choose no player in Ligue 1 has shot unsuccessfully on goal as often as the superstar (15 shots).
Lionel Messi should be back on Wednesday at RB Leipzig (live ticker). The Argentine has already scored three times in the Champions League, and in the first leg against Leipzig he secured PSG victory with a brace.