PSG-Lyon: “Messi is calm, quiet,” says Mauricio Pochettino before the Argentinian’s debut at the Parc

This Sunday at the Parc des Princes, PSG receives Olympique Lyonnais at the end of the 6th day of Ligue 1. A meeting mentioned by the Parisian coach Mauricio Pochettino this Saturday afternoon at the Camp des Loges, three days after the draw in Bruges in the Champions League (1-1).

Are you confident about Kylian Mbappé’s participation in Sunday night’s game against Lyon?

MAURICIO POCHETTINO. He trained with the group this morning, taking certain precautions. We will see how he feels tomorrow morning to see if he is part of the group that will play this match.

Can the five-a-side defense be a solution to remedy the lack of solidity that appeared in Bruges?

Occasionally, we weren’t strong defensively in Brugge, that doesn’t mean that will happen all the time in the future. We also know that we have the possibility of changing the system, it is a possibility we have.

Leonardo asked that Lional Messi be protected by the Ligue 1 referees. Do you share this concern?

Like I said before, I don’t want to comment on what the president or the sporting director is saying. Leonardo has shared his feelings and what the club thinks.

Isn’t it utopian to claim to improve automatisms with the sequence of matches and injuries?

I was already saying this before Bruges, the players need time to get to know each other, to find automatisms, mechanisms, that will come with time. We have a quality workforce, very talented, and that will make things easier.

Are you going to blow away players like Presnel Kimpembe or Georginio Wijnaldum who have felt pain in recent days?

We will try to use the workforce well while maintaining a balance. We will have to see for the playing time, also knowing that an international truce is coming in a few weeks. Our South American players will leave at that time, they will play the same day as our match against Angers (Editor’s note: October 15). We live at a crazy pace, we have to adapt while continuing to have results. We must maintain the requirement, not taking any risk for the health of the players.

Do you have a solution to achieve harmonization of the championship calendar with that of international matches?

Clubs, in a way, are helpless in this type of situation. We understand the national teams, but there is nothing we can do on our side. There are surely things to review in the future to achieve a balance which, today, for the club is difficult to find. Not only an economic balance, but also a sporting one.

Is the match against Lyon a high stake, already, in the title race and an additional source of motivation for the team?

It is not a special motivation, the motivation is always there whether we play in Ligue 1, in the Cup or in the Champions League. From the moment you put on the PSG jersey, it’s important. We know that this is an important match against a historic club in this championship.

Nuno Mendes ready to start against Lyon?

He is a player who arrived on the last day of the transfer window. As always, it takes time to get to know your new partners. We see, we watch, but why not to have him the opportunity to start his first match.

It will be Lionel Messi’s first outing at the Parc des Princes this Sunday. Did he tell you about it?

He is calm, calm before making his debut in front of his supporters. The team is also good, we are thinking of doing a good performance, better than the one we did the other day.

Do you have a clear idea of ​​when you will be able to use Sergio Ramos?

Regarding the date, we have no precision. We hope that it will be available soon. He remains calm, he continues his preparation and we hope he can play as quickly as possible.

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