Pochettino confirms Messi will miss Angers trip
Lionel Messi will be home when Paris Saint Germain attempt to clinch the Ligue 1 title when Wednesday trip to Angerscoach Mauricio Pochettino confirmed. Messiwho has scored eight goals and provided 13 assists in 29 games since arriving in the French capital last summer, is receiving treatment for inflammation of the left Achilles tendon, and will miss a match that could potentially deliver the club’s 10th league title. Pochettino’s Men will seal the Ligue 1 title if they get a better result than Olympic Marseille in their match against Nantes. Every time they win the title, PSG will equalize Saint-Étienne as the most successful club in the competition.
Neymar, Messi and Verratti all out
However, having already lost Neymar to hang, Pochettino confirmed Messi is among many players who will miss the gamepotentially providing an opportunity for some of PSG’s younger players.
“Some players like Leo Messi, Marco Verratti and Presnel Kimpembe will be out tomorrow as they are still under treatment,” Pochettino mentioned. “Neymar is suspended. This will be an opportunity for players who do not play a lot to have playing time and it will allow the youngest to gain experience. Players like Xavi Simons and Edouard Michut, they have gained experience. They are the ones who could really play a key role in the future of the club.
PSG beat Marseille 2-1 last time to get closer to reclaiming the French crown, and are looking to confirm the top spot by recording a 12th consecutive league victory on Angers. Despite holding a huge 15-point lead atop Ligue 1 with just six games to go, Pochettino refuted the suggestions that The domination of PSG over the competition would mean they struggled to get motivated on Wednesday, saying their aim was to seal the title as soon as possible.
“This match will be important because it could allow us to win a 10th title if we win,” he added. “The goal is to continue the momentum of our last games. We have had a series of successes and we want to continue this momentum. For the moment, the title is not yet acquired, we are concentrated on the trip to Angers and on the victory. The earliest would be best. Personally, it would be a great joy to win this 10th title of champion of France for Paris Saint-Germain. The motivation is always there because you have to win. We have to respect football and our opponents until the last day because that’s the best way to perform well. We hope to win the title as soon as possible!
Despite the attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Messi scoring each of PSG’s last 13 league goals, the last two have been mocked by their own supporters in recent weeks after the team fell into a humiliating situation Champions League Round of 16 crash against Real Madrid.
While Pochettino respected PSG fans’ right to have an opinion on the state of the team, he underlined his hope that the fans will come together to celebrate their title when it is confirmed. “Everyone has the right to have their say,” he concluded. “But I hope we can celebrate together a 10th title in the history of the club, it’s important. For the future, I hope there will be a good relationship, it is crucial for any club that aspires to win all the trophies.”