Pachettino is optimistic about getting Messi against Man City
He returned to practice after recovering from a knee injury. So there are doubts about Lionel Messi’s game against Manchester City on the European stage. However, PSG coach Mauricio Pachettino is optimistic that Messi will play against the English champions.
Messi was seen with a discomfort in his left knee in PSG’s 2-1 win over Lionel in League One in France on Sunday. Later the coach picked him up. Two days later, an MRI scan showed an injury to his knee. For this, the former Barcelona star could not play in two league matches against Mess and Mompeli.
The former Barcelona star then returned to practice last Sunday. However, Reuters reported that he was seen suffering a bit from the injury on Monday.
Although Messi did not directly answer the question of whether Messi will play against City, Pachettino hinted that the six-time Footballer of the Year could return to the field with this match.
“We will confirm the starting XI tomorrow (Tuesday). I think he will be in the team tomorrow. ”
Messi has played three matches since joining PSG from Barcelona on a two-year deal last August. The new team has not yet seen the net. But Pachettino is not worried about that. The former Tottenham Hotspur coach thinks the Argentina captain needs more time to adapt to the new environment.
“He has spent 20 years in Barcelona, and it has become like his own home. And here everything is new for him. He did not come to PSG very long ago. ”
Pachettino also said that midfielder Marco Verratti, who has just returned to practice after recovering from injury, could be seen in the squad for the match against City.