The first season of Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain has been filled with ups and downs for the 34-year-old. When the capital club brought the Argentine on a free transfer from FC Barcelona, they wanted the Argentine to be that final piece to their puzzle to win the UEFA Champions League.
However, that wasn’t the case as he’s struggled to find his scoring boots in French football to have a full impact on fixtures. Although Messi has provided assists this season. Nonetheless, the Argentine also didn’t make an impact in the Round of 16 matchup against Real Madrid.
In an interview with Europe 1, manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke about Messi’s first year in Paris and the factors that played in it being such an up and down year.
“It is clear that Leo’s change from Barcelona to Paris Saint Germain has been a change in which an adaptation process and a process where the circumstances that I explained did not favor him being able to feel as comfortable as he has been in a club for 20 years, where he has been the not complete banner of a club like Barcelona. And it is clear that this is unfair if it is judged that way,” Pochettino said.
Pochettino sur sa gestion de l'effectif et des stars : "Je pense que l'équipe se serait progressivement améliorée comme elle l'a fait lors des derniers matchs. Il faut du temps pour les individualités et pour que cela se traduise sur le terrain par un jeu collectif" pic.twitter.com/TkR6n3SXnH
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However, the Argentine tactician expects a better year from Messi next season since he’ll be adapted to his current situation.
“I have no doubt that Leo has the quality and he has enough talent to do what he has to do, and he will achieve it,” Pochettino added.
“And we hope that next season will be a completely different season for him, with the year of learning that he already had, not only in his professional aspect of changing to a club like Paris Saint-Germain, to a new one, to a new league, new teammates, but also at a family level, we have to take that into account, that it is always a major disorder and that it can affect us.”