Ligue 1: Lionel Messi can make his Paris Saint-Germain debut against Reims, says Mauricio Pochettino: After fans hoped to see Lionel Messi on the pitch against Brest, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has given them some good news. Lionel Messi could make his Paris Saint-Germain debut against Reims in Ligue 1 next weekend stated head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The six-times Baloon d’Or winner left his former club FC Barcelona as a free agent after the Spanish club announced that “financial and structural obstacles” meant the deal between them and Messi could not be completed.
The legendary forward is now fast approaching to make his debut in PSG’s colors at Stade Auguste-Delaune II on August 30. “It’s been a very good week for Leo,” Pochettino told ESPN Argentina as per Goal.com, after his side’s 4-2 win over Brest on Friday. “Next week will be a long one, but if all goes well, we hope he can be in the squad and start at a competitive level [against Reims].”
Pochettino also confirmed that the club would not stand in Messi’s way if he elects to link up with the Argentina national team ahead of their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers next month.
“I have not yet spoken with the selectors,” he added. “But they know that I am pro-selection and that we are to help not only Argentina but all those nations which involve our players.”