Argentine footballer Lionel Messi’s first half of Ligue 1 season did not go as expected. After a summer transfer from FC Barcelona, the 34-year-old striker wore the Paris Saint-Germain shirt. Germain played eleven matches, in which he managed to stretch the opponent’s net only once – at home against FC Nantes (3: 1).
He has a better balance in the Champions League, scoring five goals in five matches. However, in Group A’s primary table, PSG finished second behind Manchester City and paid for it with a heavier draw in eight final matches. In the Spring Elimination, France will compete with record European champions Real Madrid.
If the star-studded Paris wants to reach the Cup of Dreams, they have to add on all fronts in the second half of the season, and this statement also applies to Messi in terms of his productivity. The seven-time Ballon d’Or holder remains a standout on the field and his most difficult adaptation can be expected given the way he has spent his entire career at the same club since he was 13.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe lost the opportunity to score two more goals. Even with all these circumstances in mind, one goal is the unexpectedly weak business card of the top scorer in the history of Spain’s top competition.
“Leo is a player with amazing talent. Even the best athletes in the world can’t avoid crises, although it’s a strong word in Leo’s case. I think it’s only a matter of time before it starts to fall apart.” Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino defended his agent.
The article that appeared recently in the British media certainly did not provide a good atmosphere in the locker room. Messi’s entourage is allegedly questioning Pochettin’s working methods and accusing him of being too complex playing tactics. It is claimed that Messi cannot fully express himself in Paris Saint-Germain, the coach is still unable to define his tasks and constantly uses him in various forms in attack.
“A club like Paris Saint-Germain will always be the target of rumors and half-truths. They are part of our lives. They try to stir up trouble in the workings of our system, but I don’t give up. I know the sun will rise after the storm.” Pochettino rose.
PSG’s attack was certainly particularly volatile in December, and the stats suggest Neymar’s absence is largely to blame. Since the Brazilian player was injured at the end of November, the team has played four matches in which they have drawn three times. Previously, with Neymar in the squad, he had only one draw and one loss in 15 matches. In two 1:1 scores after the 90-minute base time, the favorite player lost and the point was saved by the players from the second sequence.
In the last match this year at the Lorient Stadium (1:1), Messi and Messi suffered from the Argentine three-carrier attack, which included Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria. At least the point was saved by the favorite only at the appointed time, when Icardi prevailed. A similar situation happened on December 4 in Lens, where he scored in the 90 + 1 minute Jorginho Wijnaldum.
The score of 4: 2 in four matches and only 6 out of 12 possible points is an uncommon business card for a team that overpresses players with extraordinary offensive skills. The French title and victories in both cups at home is a must for PSG. However, the measure of coach Pochettin’s success will be the team’s performance at LM. In the prestigious competition, the club, backed by the Qatari capital, came closest to an overall victory in August 2020, when it lost to Bayern Munich 0:1 in the final.
Last year, the Parisians crashed into the semi-finals of Manchester City. An early finish in the eighth round against Real would be a hot one for PSG, especially in terms of competing with Messi at the level of his career. He has danced “White Ballet” 45 times in more than 15 years and scored 26 goals.
“We are at the top of the Ligue 1 table, although some matches were not good. We know our weaknesses and what we need to work on. The second part of the season is always important and I think we will do that. Be well prepared for that. We will fight for four fronts. , but we have a wide enough crew, “ It was noted in an interview with the portal lequipe.fr. Midfielder Idrissa Guy.
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