The PSG president was offended by Barcelona supporters’ rile over the French club’s known quest for Lionel Messi before the two European extraordinary football monsters meet for tomorrow evening warfare.
Mauricio Pochettino will assume responsibility for his first Champions League tie for PSG in the Camp Nou without the wounded Neymar and Angel Di Maria.
Also, in one more of the subplots to this blockbuster tie, a year ago’s beaten finalists will look for vengeance for “la remontada” in their last meeting at this phase in 2017 when Barcelona won the second leg 6-1.
Be that as it may, Lionel Messi’s future has ruled the development to maybe his last European tie for the Catalan club. After the Argentine attempted to convince Barcelona to re-sign Neymar in 2019, the Brazilian publically announced in December that he needed to play with Messi again after his aftermath with the desperate La Liga side. Also, the Qatari-acquired club, who could rival Manchester City to pay Messi’s wages, conceded they would be keen on marking the Argentine on the off chance that he leaves Catalonia in the mid year.
Mr. Leonardo, the sporting director of PSG who fired Thomas Tuchel prior to delegating Pochettino in December, revealed to France Football a month ago that extraordinary players like Messi will consistently be put on PSG’s rundown.
“Great players like Messi will always be put on PSG’s list. We are sat at the big table of those closely following the matter. In fact, no, We are not yet sat down but our chair is reserved just in case. Four months in football is an eternity, especially in this period.”
The open greeting to Messi didn’t intrigue the Catalan club or their fans. What’s more, on his landing in their Barcelona lodging yesterday, accumulated Barcelona allies swore at PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and advised him to: “Let Messi be, you cheat!”
Barca supervisor Ronald Koeman condemned PSG a month ago and guaranteed they were playing mind games before this tie.
He added that he doesn’t know if that was their aim, but Messi has a place with Barca and he [Koeman] has a great deal of expectation Messi will remain here.
“They haven’t managed to destabilise us,” said the Dutchman in his pre-match press conference. “I don’t know whether that was their intention or not,” But Messi belongs to Barca and I have a lot of hope he will stay here.”
Barcelona defender and left back, Jordi Alba also put in that Messi is 100% dedicated to Barcelona and will settle on his choice toward the finish of the period.
“Messi is 100% committed to Barcelona and will make his decision at the end of the season. We don’t pay attention to what other clubs and players say
He further added that a great deal has been said on this issue, there have been numerous conclusions, however the final word will be his [Messi].
“A lot has been said, there are many opinions, but the last word will be his. I hope he stays for many more years but it’s his decision and we’ll have to respect it. His mind is focused on Barca right now, you can see that in every game.”