Pochettino reacts to Messi debut


Paris St-German (PSG) boss Mauricio Pochettino has opened up on Lionel Messi’s debut against Reims this past Sunday.

The side eased past Reims 2-0 and still cruising on the summit of Ligue 1 with 12 points from four outings, thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s brace.

Messi made his PSG debut from the bench in the 66th minute of the contest.

The six-time Ballon d’Or received a standing ovation as he replaced his friend Neymar in front of a sell-out crowd.

“He is still far away from his best form but he has been training well and he will be fit in the next two weeks,” boss Mauricio Pochettino told Amazon.

“We are waiting for the best from him. I’m very happy that he made his debut. It was very important for him.

“He was good, from his first touches he gave the team peace of mind. It’s good for him to start with a win.

“It was good to hear the crowd cheering for him, not just our supporters, it’s something Leo has earned.”

The Argentine international had missed the first few games for PSG since his free transfer move following his exit from Barcelona.

It was the first club game of his career for a team other than Barca.

“He brings serenity to the team. His energy and his optimism trickle down on the rest of the team,” concludes Pochettino.

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By FARPost Reporter