Cyprus Mail
European football Sport

PSG boss Pochettino defends Messi substitution

ligue 1 paris st germain v olympique lyonnais
Lionel Messi made his home debut for PSG but was replaced in the second half as they went on to beat Lyon

Paris St Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has defended his decision to substitute forward Lionel Messi in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Lyon in the French Ligue 1 and said the Argentine was okay with being taken off.

Messi, making his third appearance for the side, hit the woodwork but failed to score on his Parc des Princes debut and was substituted in the 75th minute with the score at 1-1.

The 34-year-old former Barcelona player looked puzzled when he was replaced with fullback Achraf Hakimi and exchanged words with Pochettino as he walked off the pitch.

“I think we all know we have great players in this 35-man squad. Only 11 can play, we can’t play more. The decisions in the game are made for the good of the team and each player,” Pochettino told reporters.

“Every coach thinks about that. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes players like it and sometimes they don’t. At the end of the day, that’s why we’re here.

“These are decisions that have to be made by the coach. As for his reaction, I asked him how he was, he said he was okay. That was it. That was our exchange.”

A stoppage-time goal by Mauro Icardi earned PSG a victory as the leaders maintained their perfect record with 18 points.

Related posts

Horror night for Mourinho as Roma hit for six in Norway

Reuters News Service

Spurs can still qualify, says confident Nuno

Press Association

Turkish NBA star Kanter sparks backlash in China after comments

Reuters News Service

Newcastle ask fans not to wear Arab-style clothing to matches

Press Association

No risk leaving key Spurs players behind, says Nuno

Press Association

West Ham’s Soucek recovering from plastic surgery to face after kick

Press Association