We cannot blame him for having played him little arm.
For Leo Messi's debut at the Parc des Princes this Sunday against Lyon, Mauricio Pochettino has decided to put the small dishes in the big ones.
And to place the six-fold Ballon d'Or in the best conditions to succeed in its premiere in front of its new audience.
In a pattern organized in 4-2-3-1, the Parisian coach has, in fact, taken the party to align an ultra-offensive formation, undoubtedly the most ambitious since his arrival on the Parisian bench in January. The injury of Kylian Mbappé, hit in the big toe of the left foot on Wednesday in Bruges, having evolved in the right direction, the top Parisian scorer will be able to hold his place in attack with the other members of the MNM, Neymar and Leo Messi. Even better. If the tricolor world champion will evolve alone in peak, it is because Pochettino has decided to also bring Angel Di Maria into the dance. Suspended in Bruges, the Argentine will find his favorite right side to form, alongside Messi in the axis and Neymar on the left, the fantastic four version 2021-2022.
In the midfield, Gueye, also suspended in Belgium, finds his place alongside Herrera, the fit man.
But the other surprises of the day come from the defensive block.
Preferred to Achraf Hakimi, Thilo Kherer will return to the right flank while the Portuguese Nuno Mendes, striking in Bruges, will be tenured for the first time on the left.
Finally behind the Marquinhos - Kimpembe hinge, Gigio Donnarumma will keep the Parisian cage for the second time in a row in the league, Keylor Navas having returned to the bench after his unblemished performance in Bruges.
The composition of PSG
Donnarumma - Kehrer, Marquinhos (cap.), Kimpembe, Nuno Mendes - I. Gueye, A. Herrera - Di Maria, Messi, Neymar - Mbappé.