Debate about Lionel Messi’s defensive work is stale, nearly foolish: Former PSG coach Argentine Pochettino

Debate about Lionel Messi’s defensive work is stale, nearly foolish: Former PSG coach Argentine Pochettino
Debate about Lionel Messi’s defensive work is stale, nearly foolish: Former PSG coach Argentine Pochettino

FIFA World Cup: Former PSG coach Argentine Pochettino mentioned that debate about Lionel Messi’s defensive work is stale and nearly foolish. Messi-led Argentina will tackle France within the remaining.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi ,UPDATED: Dec 17, 2022 09:50 IST

Lionel Messi is the joint prime scorer on the World Cup 2022. (AP Photo)

By India Today Web Desk: Former Paris St Germain coach Argentine Pochettino mentioned that debate about Lionel Messi’s defensive work is stale and nearly foolish because the veteran ahead gears up for the FIFA World Cup remaining.

Messi’s Argentina will tackle the defending champions France within the summit conflict on December 18. Argentina want to clinch their first World Cup title since 1986.

The 35-year-old Messi is presently the joint prime scorer with 5 targets, alongside Kylian Mbappe, and has additionally supplied three assists en path to the ultimate.

“Honestly, I believe the controversy about Messi’s defensive work is stale, nearly foolish,” Argentine Pochettino, who coached Messi at PSG, advised The Athletic.

“You cannot faux that Maradona or Pele – together with Messi, a very powerful gamers in soccer – had been centered on attempting to win the ball again. He can not take part in that. He simply wants others to run for him,” the coach added.

“When you’ve gotten Messi, you want the opposite gamers to know that they should take the ball and provides it to him so he can preserve his power after which be decisive, because it exhibits.”

Pochettino additionally heaped reward on Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni for making certain unity round Messi.

“That is a very powerful factor about this Argentina workforce and the rationale why they’re within the remaining. It is as a result of the gamers perceive their roles completely. When you’ve gotten Messi in your workforce, you could run for him,” Pochettino mentioned.

The World Cup is the one title lacking from Messi’s illustrious profession. Meanwhile, Gabriel Batistuta, whose report of being Argentina’s prime scorer on the World Cup was damaged by Messi, mentioned that Messi is hungry and in Qatar to win the World Cup.

“I anticipated him to be a lot calmer, however he’s enjoying like a 20-year-old,” Batistuta advised Argentine newspaper Clarin. “And that’s as a result of he’s hungry, he’s right here to win the Cup. That is what soccer wants, that’s what Leo is spreading to the entire workforce.”

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