Pochettino: I replaced Messi to protect him and he told me he was calm

Pochettino: I replaced Messi to protect him and he told me he was calm

Argentinian coach Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the reasons that prompted him to replace star Lionel Messi.

This is during the Lyon match, which was held on Sunday evening at the “Parc de Princes” stadium, as part of the sixth round of the French League championship for the current season 2021/2022.

Pochettino said, in his post-match comments about replacing Messi during the match:

“I decided to replace Leo to protect him from injuries, we have important matches and we preferred to protect him.”

Coach Pochettino added:

“Any decision will be difficult. Naturally, it will be a pressure, especially if we are dealing with a star of the size of Messi, we have important matches and we preferred to protect Messi.”

He continued:

“Messi is a great player, but we have 5 changes, and we know that the players do not like to leave the field, we have to decide while we are on the bench to make decisions. After the substitution, Messi told me he is fine, I am calm.”

He continued:

“These are decisions we make for the team, everyone knows we have very great players and we have to make choices sometimes these decisions can be very difficult.”

And he added:

“We have to play in every way, I’m happy with the composure of our players, happy to turn the score, we need to improve.

And he continued:

“We have a good start in the league, we were a little disappointed against Club Brugge, but things in the league are good,

Regarding the match, Pochettino said:

“Lyon is a great team, and I am happy that we beat them in today’s match. We have a good start in the league. We were a little disappointed against Club Brugge, but things are good in the league.”

He concluded his speech by saying:

“We deserved to win despite this late goal, we played a good match, we improved compared to the previous match.”

Paris Saint-Germain

Lucas Paqueta scored the first goal of the Paris Saint-Germain match against Lyon in the 54th minute, after receiving a cross around it against Donnarumma.

Paris Saint-Germain tied with a goal in the 65th minute through the Brazilian Neymar da Silva, making the score 1/1 in the match, and the match referee awarded a penalty kick for Neymar da Silva after he was obstructed by the Lyon defender to equalize the result.

In added time, Argentine Mauri Icardi scored the goal and won from a wonderful cross he scored brilliantly against Lyon to end the result in favor of the Parisian team.

The match witnessed an angry Lionel Messi exit at the moment he was substituted during his team’s match against Lyon, as the Argentine star refused to shake hands with his coach, and commented with words during his conversation with coach Pochettino during his departure from stadium 76 and the arrival of Ashraf Hakimi as a substitute.

The Paris club leads the French Ligue 1 standings with 18 points, while Lyon is in ninth place with only 8 points.

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