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Pochettino: Messi was not worried about his goal drought

Sun 21 November 2021 | 8:55

The PSG boss has praised the Argentine icon after he scored his first Ligue 1 goal against Nantes.

PSG defeated

Nantes

with a 3-1 result on Saturday. Kylian Mbappe opened the scoring with an early goal, but the guests equalized the game in the 76th minute.  An own goal from Dennis Appiah put the Parisians ahead once again, and

Lionel Messi

's first Ligue 1 goal was enough for them to secure the three points at Parc des Princes.

Messi scored his first league goal for PSG in his sixth Ligue 1 game. It was his 20th shot that finally found the back of the net. 

Mauricio Pochettino played down the importance of Messi's goal in a post-match press conference, insisting the Argentine had not been worried about his barren run in front of goal. 

"I don't think Messi was worried about not having scored in the championship, he's a great champion, the best player in the world,"

Pochettino said.

"He knows how to go through the most difficult times, he has patience, and it's good that he scored.

"We showed our character, but also showed the quality of the team - we played a very good first half.

"The progress of the MNM [Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe]? I always said it was about making connections, spending time together, and also playing competitive matches.

"But it was the whole team that played a good game, as a whole, to allow these talented players to often find themselves in a position to create chances. Too bad we didn't score more goals in the first half."

Messi and co will face

Manchester City

in a crunch Champions League battle on Wednesday. The Parisians will then face Saint Etienne in a league game four days later.


source: SportMob

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