Messi is angry after being replaced… and Pochettino defends his decision (video)


Coach Mauricio Pochettino defended his decision to replace striker Lionel Messi during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 win over Lyon in Ligue 1 last night, saying that the Argentine star fully accepted the substitution decision he made for the good of the team.

In his first appearance at the Parc des Princes stadium, Messi hit the woodwork, but he failed to score in his third match with his new team, and was substituted in the 75th minute when the score was 1-1.

The 34-year-old former Barcelona player was puzzled when he was replaced by full-back Achraf Hakimi, and he spoke a little with coach Pochettino when he left the field, according to the Reuters news agency.

Afterwards, Pochettino told reporters, “I think we all know we have great players in this 35-man squad… Only 11 are playing, and we can’t get any more than that… Decisions made during matches are for good.” The team and the benefit of all players.

The Argentine coach added: “Every coach thinks about it, sometimes decisions are useful and sometimes not, and sometimes players flip decisions and sometimes they don’t accept them… In the end, this is our job.”

Pochettino also said, “There are decisions that coaches have to make…As for his reaction, I asked him how he felt, and he said he’s fine…That’s what happened…That’s what we talked about.”

Thanks to a goal in stoppage time, signed by Mauro Icardi, the French capital team won, raising its score to 18 points from six matches and maintaining its position alone in the lead.


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