Mauricio Pochettino finds it normal that Angel Di Maria displays his desire to evolve with Lionel Messi at PSG. The Spanish coach defended his player, criticized in Barcelona for his comments.
A few days before the knockout stages of the Champions League between PSG and Barcelona, Mauricio Pochettino spoke on Thursday in the Spanish media. The opportunity in particular to return to the controversy that swells in Spain around Parisian statements on the future of Lionel Messi.
At the end of his contract with Barça, the six-fold Golden Ball has the possibility of committing where he wishes for next season. Several Parisian players, including Angel Di Maria or Marco Verratti, did not hesitate to publicly declare their desire to play with the six-fold Ballon d’Or. Words that pass with difficulty in Catalonia, all the more so in the current context with the coming confrontation.
“This is something valid”
Asked about this in an interview on Onda Cero and Rac1 radios, Mauricio Pochettino defended Angel Di Maria. “They ask Di Maria if he wants to play with Messi… Well, what do you want him to answer ?, relativized the PSG coach. This is not why he disrespects Barcelona, let’s not take things out of context. ”
Mauricio Pochettino also took the opportunity to pay tribute to his compatriot. “Leo Messi is a machine, a beast of competition. Sometimes during the derbies (with Espanyol Barcelona, editor’s note), I spoke with him and we had a good relationship, Pochettino continued. There is a difficult situation to understand around Messi, and for a player to talk about a team-mate in selection while saying that he would like to play with in club, I think that is something valid. ”
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One thing is certain in the meantime: Angel Di Maria, like Neymar, will miss the round of 16 first leg against Barça next Tuesday (9 p.m. on RMC Sport 1). The Argentine is forfeited due to an injury to the right thigh, which occurred last Sunday in Ligue 1 against OM.