Pochettino urges patience with Messi ahead of Man City clash

Tue 28 September 2021 | 9:33

The Argentine superstar might come back from his knee injury against the Citizens.

PSG will face Manchester City in their next Champions League match on Tuesday, with Lionel Messi being an injury doubt for the game. The Argentine suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the Parisians’ league matches against Metz and Montpellier, but he has reportedly completed a full training session on Monday.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino says Messi must be given time to adapt to his new club.

"[Messi] is progressing very well, and I think he'll be in the squad, but I don't know if he'll start,"

Pochettino said in a pre-match news conference.

"He's the best player in the world, but he's still a human like everyone else. He also needs to adapt to this new team, new culture and new country. He was at Barcelona for 20 years, everything is new here for him. 

"With time, I have no doubt that everything will go well and we're going to have real success together."

Asked about his team’s preparation for the game, the PSG boss admitted his side are yet to reach their best form.

"We're a work in progress,"

Pochettino said.

"It's not an opinion, it's a fact. We have to look at where we have come from and where we are today.

"We're going to face Manchester City and the best coach in the world, Pep Guardiola. They're a great team, a club that dreams of winning the Champions League, as we do. They're perhaps ahead of us, but anything can happen in a football match.

"We're going to try and cause them problems with a lot of desire, determination, and also by applying our ideas and limiting their qualities, and finding weaknesses to exploit. It's a match for the players in which they can show their potential."

Following their game against Man City, the French giants will face Rennes in their next Ligue 1 match on Sunday.

source: SportMob

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