Lionel Messi was accused of giving Paris Saint-Germain supervisor Mauricio Pochettino the chilly shoulder after the Argentine icon was substituted after 76 minutes of his residence debut for the French giants.
Pochettino opted to interchange Messi with Achraf Hakimi with the scores degree at 1-1 in opposition to Lyon in Sunday night time’s Ligue 1 conflict on the Parc des Princes.
Lyon had taken a shock lead within the 54th minute when Lucas Paqueta ghosted into house to fireplace a low shot previous Gianluigi Donnarumma at his close to submit.
The hosts equalized in entrance of an expectant residence crowd by a contentious Neymar penalty within the 66th minute, after the Brazilian had been introduced by Lyon’s Malo Gusto though it regarded just like the PSG star had been man-handling his rival.
It was Neymar quite than Messi who transformed the spot-kick, earlier than the Argentine ace was changed 10 minutes later.
The closest Messi had come to opening his PSG account in his third look for the membership got here within the first half when he rattled the crossbar with a trademark free-kick from vary.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner additionally noticed an effort well-saved by Lyon stopper Anthony Lopes when performed in by Neymar.
When his quantity was up within the 76th minute, Messi’s physique language as he walked previous Pochettinto was quickly picked up on by followers – with some claiming the sad star had snubbed his boss as he made his well beyond his compatriot.
This man eliminated Messi. 😂 Pochettino will not final at PSG. That is the craziest resolution ever! 😂
— BeksFCB (@Joshua_Ubeku) September 19, 2021
Undecided what Pochettino was pondering with that Lionel Messi substitute. It will possibly’t be an influence journey and it might’t be that Messi was drained. Pochettino needs to be below some strain at PSG even when they’ve gained all of their matches. However the entrance three are slowly clicking.
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) September 19, 2021
PSG followers appeared destined to be left disillusioned for the second sport in a row wherein their group had lined up with all-star trio Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe up entrance.
The trident additionally began on the mid-week Champions League sport in opposition to Membership Brugge in Belgium, which ended 1-1.
Nevertheless, Sunday concluded in numerous style as substitute Mauro Icardi – a substitute for fellow Argentine Angel Di Maria within the 82nd minute – headed residence a pinpoint cross from Mbappe deep into damage time to provide PSG a 2-1 victory.
The win retains PSG high of the Ligue 1 desk and unbeaten on an ideal 18 factors from their six video games, however with the caveat of followers pointing to early indicators of potential bother within the dynamic between the Messi and his supervisor Pochettino.