Friday 13th August 2021
No use until the end of August
Messi is only allowed to train at PSG for now
The first game of Paris St. Germain after the sensational transfer of Lionel Messi will take place without the Argentine. Instead, coach Mauricio Pochettino explains that the 34-year-old must first arrive in France. Even a second superstar still needs patience.
The six-time world footballer Lionel Messi has to wait for his debut for the French top club Paris St. Germain for the time being. As head coach Mauricio Pochettino announced before the game against Racing Strasbourg, the 34-year-old Argentine will not appear for the cup winners until the end of August.
Messi, who has moved to the French capital after 21 years at the Spanish top club FC Barcelona, should be introduced “step by step” and “made fit for his debut,” said the Argentine coach, who wants to get to know his compatriot first.
The Spanish newcomer Sergio Ramos will also be missing from Paris for the time being. The former captain of Spanish record champions Real Madrid is unlikely to make his debut until early September. The 35-year-old central defender continues to suffer from a calf injury that caused him to miss the European Championship.
The sensational transfer Messi had “triggered a positive energy in the environment and in the team,” said Pochettino, who warned at the same time: “We are facing the challenge of transforming the big names into a big team that plays disciplined and organized to achieve the results to retract. That is a huge challenge. “
In addition to Messi and Ramos, who both signed a two-year contract, superstar Neymar, captain Marquinhos, winger Angel Di Maria and European champion Marco Verratti against Strasbourg on Saturday (9 p.m. / DAZN) will probably also be absent. The regulars had only recently returned to training after having played in the Copa America and the European Championship. PSG started the new season with an away win at newly promoted ES Troyes AC (2-1). Previously, the title favorite in the French Supercup had lost 1-0 against champions OSC Lille.