The Paris Saint-Germain coach gave no clues about the former Barcelona striker
The Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino did not give a date for the official debut of Lionel Messi and clarified that they have players who “shine on their own”, but are not yet “a team”.
“We still don’t have a team, we have a team with players who shine on their own and the tremendous challenge is for those names to play as a team and behave naturally, with discipline and organization,” said the PSG coach at a previous press conference. to the second day of Ligue 1 against Strasbourg.
And he added: “We want a team not only in the images of the (social) networks, but in the demands of day to day.”
Pochettino answered several questions about Messi, who has just completed his second day of training.
When will it debut? “You have to go step by step to make him feel good. A month ago he played in the Copa América final, he has to make his debut in the best conditions,” he said, without giving any more clues about his possible debut.
However, the club will once again present the player on the pitch at the Parc des Princes, before the match against Strasbourg, along with the other four signings this summer: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio RamosAchraf Hakimi y Georginio Wijnaldum.
“I have seen a very mature Messi, the player we all know,” Pochettino added.
On the footballer’s reception, he maintained that everyone has seen how impressive it has been. “It’s been like the house of ‘Big Brother’, we’ve practically seen everything live,” he said, referring to the great media coverage of PSG due to the arrival of ‘Flea’.
Pochettino was coach and player of Espanyol, Barcelona’s rival.
“From my time with my beloved Espanyol, because of that rivalry we had, I looked at him from a distance. I can’t make comparisons, what I see is that (Messi) is happy today, happy, with incredible energy,” the coach confessed.