Pochettino does not confirm Messi against Manchester City for the Champions League


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Pochettino does not confirm Messi against Manchester City for the Champions League

PARIS (EFE) – The Argentine Mauricio Pochettino, the coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), said this Friday that we must be “cautious” about a possible reappearance of Leo Messi against Guardiola’s City next Tuesday and praised the character of the Spanish Ander Herrera and Kylian Mbappé.

“Hopefully it can arrive, we have to be cautious and see the evolution of the next few days,” said Pochettino in reference to Messi, in a press conference prior to the eighth league match in which PSG faces Montpellier.

Messi is ruled out for that clash with Montpellier and continues in the process of recovery due to the bone contusion in his left knee that occurred last Sunday, when he won against Lyon (2-1). The Argentine star was already low on Wednesday against Metz in another Parisian victory (1-2).

“As you have seen in the medical part, today he started to run. We are waiting for his evolution for the next few days, hopefully next Sunday we can report that the evolution is good,” said the Argentine coach.

With seven victories in as many days, PSG clearly dominates the French championship, despite the fact that some games have only been able to solve them in the last minutes.

The Spanish media Ander Herrera, formerly of Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao, has been one of the highlights of this start of the season. In addition to his contribution to the creation zone, he has four goals, three in the League and one in the Champions League.

“He is a crack, he is a type of player with tremendous humility, with experience serving the group. He trains 100%, whether he plays or not. He is always ready to help the team. He is one of the players that any coaching staff he loves having it (…) competitive, with quality, with a spirit of help “, Pochettino stressed.

De Mbappé, criticized by Metz coach Frédéric Antonetti for “lack of humility” due to some gestures on the pitch, the PSG coach responded that he understands the coach’s frustration (the Parisians won with a goal in 94), but defended at 7 Parisian.

“Kylian is a wonderful boy, a great competitor who always wants to win, they are things that happen on the field that cannot be transferred outside. It must be analyzed within the context of a football match,” he said, referring to the controversial gestures.

“But if there is one thing that Kylian has,” he added, “it is that he is very humble.”


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