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Messi was hurt 6 'before the change: see the sequence

2021-09-20T13:06:14.616Z

These images of the broadcast have come to light in which you can see a bad gesture by the Argentine when hitting. It could be the trigger for the change.



Undoubtedly, the change of Leo Messi yesterday in the second half against Lyon has been one of the news of the season in Ligue 1.

PSG was drawing one against the Rhone team and Pochettino decided to replace the Argentine star against him astonishment of all the public of the Park of the Princes, provoking the disbelief of the Rosario with his coach, with whom there was a small exchange of words.

The change of Messi seemed a priori a technical decision by Pochettino. However, the BeIN Sports cameras yesterday, with a personalized camera to follow Messi's every move, were able to confirm that the player had knee discomfort five minutes before the substitution.

The sequence, in minute 71, shows us Messi stretching and with symptoms of fatigue.

Some "annoyances" that, however, did not prevent him from following the game normally in the Parque de los Príncipes.

Those stretches may be the main reason why Pochettino decided to rest the striker.

At a start to the season in which

Messi has barely been able to play three games to date

and after having had a high load of matches in the Copa América, the PSG technical staff does not want to risk the least with the player, who will return to have a golden opportunity against Metz on Wednesday to debut his locker in Ligue 1. Yesterday he was able to score twice, but Anthony Lopes and the stick prevented him.

Messi, a strange substitution throughout his career

Since 2010, the Argentine star had only substituted 17 times in 370 games.

In 522 league games, only in 52 did he not play the 90 minutes.

That Messi is substituted in a game is already an anomaly, but that he does it with his team drawing is even more significant.

Yesterday, against Lyon, Pochettino decided to give him rest in the 77th minute and, although PSG ended up winning in the discount, the decision has been brought up by all the national media in France.

According to Opta, a reference website in terms of statistics applied to sport, yesterday was the

eighteenth time that Messi was replaced in the last 11 years.

Since 2010, the Rosario had not finished the game starting as a starter in just 17 games out of 370. A revealing statistic, since yesterday, in his first start with PSG in Ligue 1, the Argentine star was substituted with the game still to be decided.

The last time Messi had been substituted was on January 9, but in a game that has nothing to do, due to context and result, with yesterday's against Lyon. In the 0-4 victory at Granada, Koeman decided to rest the player to reserve him for the Spanish Super Cup.

According to Opta, Messi has only been substituted in 54 of the 522 games he has played in La Liga.

Source: elparis

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