Paris Saint-Germain coach: “There are no problems with Messi after he was substituted during the Lyon match”

Paris: Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino said “no problems” with Lionel Messi, commenting on the Argentine star’s reaction after being substituted during the match that ended in a 2-1 victory over Lyon on Sunday in the French league. Expressions of bewilderment appeared on Messi’s face as he switched to Pochettino after being substituted and Ashraf Hakimi was substituted in the 76th minute of the match. Pochettino and Messi exchanged a few words before the Argentine champion left in bench, to the amazement of his colleagues, during Messi’s first participation with Saint Germain at his stadium since he joined the Barcelona team. Messi contributed six shots, including four attempts by himself and two chances, during the match against Lyon and was only passed in this season by Kylian Mbappe (six shots) during the game against Clermont Foot on 11 September. Messi, six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world, scored 65 touches and 48 passes with an accuracy of 83.3%. “I think everyone knows we have a lot of great players in a team of 35 players “, Pochettino said during the press conference. And he added:” We have to make choices, in the squad as well as during the matches, and we keep in mind what is best for the team and for each player ” He continued: “Sometimes decisions are good, sometimes not, but that’s what coaches should do, they have to make decisions. People may or may not like it.” Pochettino added: “I asked him how he was and he said he is fine, there are no problems”. (Dpa)

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