The Head coach of Paris Saint-Germain ( PSG), Mauricio Pochettino, has explained why he substituted Lionel Messi at halftime. During the match between PSG and Lille, the Argentine Football Star got replaced by Mauro Icardi.
Mauro Icardi replaced Messi at the launch of the alternate half with PSG losing 1-0.
During his speech concerning the concluded match, Mauricio Pochettino said,
“ We have to maintain our position in the league and the removal of MESSI is a good precaution to make that happen. Messi could not continue because of a strain and we have spoken with a doctor and hopefully, it’s not a big issue. He’ll be available for the coming UEFA champions league game against Leipzig”.
Lionel Messi is yet to score for PSG in the Ligue 1 tournament but has performed well for the Club in the UEFA tournament.
During the match against Lille, Angel Di Maria showed his worth as he found the chance and scored the winning goal for the French Giant; this win gives PSG a 2-1 victory over the titleholders Lille in Ligue 1.
During the match, Di Maria performance was commendable a throughout the game, furnishing captain Marquinhos with the equaliser after Jonathan David’s nature before chancing the reverse of the net two twinkles from time.
After Messi left the pitch at the break with a muscle strain, Argentine winger Di Maria plant his range to put leaders PSG on 31 points from 12 games, 10 ahead of alternate-placed Lens.
Both clubs went head to head in the amusing opening half, but Lille showed further determined and it took a superb save from Gianluigi Donnarumma to deny Burak Yilmaz in the first half.
Lille, looking more like the club that dominated the league last season, were awarded in the 31st minute when David opened his right bottom to redirect Yilmaz’s important cross into the roof of the net from a very close range.
Concerning Messi, the football star had been tipped by the coach, Pochettino to be available for PSG’s UEFA champions league match against the German club, Leipzig. This would be able to make the French side stronger as Messi is currently performing well for the club in the UEFA tournament.