Lionel Messi’s dismal run in the French Ligue 1 has been explained by PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Lionel Messi’s dismal form in the French Ligue 1 in the 2021/2022 season was explained by PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino in a recent interview.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has struggled in the French Ligue 1, scoring only four goals in the 2021/2022 season. He explained that while Messi’s talent cannot be overstated, the Argentine would need time to adjust to the new challenge that the French league presents.
He told RMC this :
We are not talking about an ordinary player, Messi is on the same level as Diego Maradona. It is clear that his move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was a big change, in which an adaptation process was necessary. Certain circumstances didn’t allow him to feel as comfortable as he did at Barcelona where he’d spent 20 years. Where he had been the standard-bearer of the club.To judge Messi in this way is unfair. I have no doubts about his quality…
Next season will be a completely different season for him.This has been a year of learning, and not only at the professional level in coming to Paris, in a new league and with new team-mates, but also at the level of family. This must be taken into account. It’s a major upheaval that can affect a player.