Updated 9/19/2021 5:56 PM
It is known that it
is almost an unwritten law
in the teams in which Lionel Messi plays: a match that begins with the Argentine on the court, a match that
ends with the Argentine on the court
Mauricio Pochettino, however, did not notice too much on that issue and neither seemed much interested in
he decided to
when Paris Saint-Germain was
tied with Lyon and was 15 minutes ahead to try for the win.
The man from Rosario left exactly 30 minutes into the second half for
Achraf Hakimi to
A rather strange change considering that the Moroccan is a defender, that PSG was barely equalizing at home and, what has been said, that
rarely goes out unless he is chatted with the coach beforehand or that, of course, mediate some physical difficulty.
Could it be the case?
The Argentine's face on the pitch was eloquent: he
barely touched Pochettino with his hand, almost without wanting to greet him, and made a gesture
that showed that he did not understand the replacement question too much.
Messi looks incredulous at the side of the field: he learns that he must leave the field.
Photo FRANCK FIFE / AFP
Messi's reaction when leaving the exchange.
- Ricardo Cariño (@ricardocarino) September 19, 2021
At the bench, the Argentine did not change his gaze either and
he was not the only one to look surprised
In an image that shows him already sitting next to Leandro Paredes, the midfielder, also Argentine, can be seen opening his hands as if trying to understand the change while chatting with
Leandro Paredes talks to Messi.
The exBoca steering wheel didn't seem to understand the change either.
In strictly terms of results,
the play ended up going well
because the next modification was to put Mauro Icardi in the place of Angel Di María and it was the Argentine striker who scored PSG's second goal, agonizingly, with a header. which ended up being the winning goal.
But it was clear that Messi did not like leaving the field and the image he gave at the end of the game also added to that unequivocal feeling: he did not
celebrate the goal
or the triumph of his team and went to the locker room with a grim gesture, such as it had come out to be replaced.
How will the incipient relationship between the star and the coach leave this change?
Will there be a later talk?
What will the coach say at the press conference?
All questions whose answers, for now, are in the air.
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