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Pochettino reveals Lionel Messi ready for PSG debut

Sunday 22/08/2021 01:57(GMT+7)

Mauricio Pochettino says Lionel Messi could make his PSG debut against Reims in Ligue 1 next weekend.

Lionel Messi’s glorious career at Barcelona came to an end this summer. The Argentine star’s contract with Barca expired and the club could not resolve the issue of salary to re-sign.

Messi has been training with his PSG teammates for the past few days

After leaving the Camp Nou for 21 years, Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer. In the first 3 matches of Les Parisiens in Ligue 1 in the 2021-22 season, the 34-year-old general could not participate because of physical problems.

Messi won the Copa America with Argentina in 2021 and returned to focus later than his teammates. However, coach Pochettino revealed that his compatriot was approaching the first match with PSG.

Pochettino told ESPN Argentina after the 4-2 win over Brest: “Messi has had a very good week. Next week is going to be a long week but if all goes well, we hope he can be in the squad and start for an official match (against Reims).

Coach Pochettino can return to Tottenham in the summer of 2021
Coach Pochettino expects Messi to play in the next match

Pochettino also confirmed that PSG will not stop Messi if he decides to focus on Argentina for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers next month. On September 3, 6 and 10, respectively, the Tango team will meet Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia.

Pochettino added: “I have yet to speak to the people responsible. But they know that I am a professional and we support not only Argentina but also all the countries involved with PSG players.”

In the last 3 matches in Ligue 1, PSG have won against Troyes 2-1, Strasbourg 4-2 and the latest Brest 4-2. On the day the host club overcame Brest 4-2 last Friday night, their superstar duo Messi and Neymar were present in the city of Barcelona.

Messi returned to the old place to rest while Neymar followed in the footsteps of his 34-year-old senior. Both were given a break by the PSG coaching staff over the weekend when they did not have the necessary fitness to play again.

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