Mauricio Pochettino defuses the controversy Lionel Messi


The image went around the world. Lionel Messi, surprised to give up his place in the 76th minute of Paris SG-Olympique Lyonnais on Sunday night (2-1, 6th day of Ligue 1), snubbed the hand extended by Mauricio Pochettino and joined the Parisian bench, pouting for many minutes with his partners, also dumbfounded. Moments later at a press conference, the Argentinian technician explained that it was a simple choice.

Since then, the medical statement from the club in the capital has confirmed that the Pulga was visibly suffering from the left knee and that this change made by the staff had rather been of the order of precaution. The Parisian coach, present in front of journalists this Tuesday at the Ooredoo training center, returned to this episode. It’s clear. “I believe the club issued a press release on Leo, the situation is clear”, he first confided before developing.

The staff had seen it all

“To explain a bit to you, we on the bench see everything that happens on the pitch. We saw that Leo had tested his knee, that he was trying to see how he was reacting. He has been seen to touch his knee after a strike as well. We were happy with his match, with a very good first half in particular, only the goal was missing. After 75 minutes of play, with the information we had internally and what we saw, we made the decision to replace him. This is the situation ”, he explained, far from being surprised by the repercussions of this decision and these images.

“I understand the situation, I accept it. I am not really surprised. The priority is always the good of the player, with the information we had, we thought it was best for him to come out after 75 minutes of play. Logically, a great champion always wants to be on the pitch and Leo is a great champion. . This is understandable. I’m not surprised. This stuff is normal ”, he concluded. The incident, which still required an explanation between the two men on Monday, is therefore closed.

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