Lionel Messi had laid down at the foot of the wall erected by PSG on a free kick of Manchester City. This decision was by Marquinhos and not by Pochettino.
Messi lying for defense by order of Marquinhos
Lionel Messi is the living legend of modern football. Seeing him lie down at the bottom of the Paris Saint-Germain wall during a Manchester City spot-kick had provoked criticism against coach Mauricio Pochetino. In England, Rio Ferdinand (former central defender of Manchester United) pushed a big rant against this instruction he attributed to the coach of Paris SG Mauricio Pochettino. The latter, however, had nothing to do with it since the controversial decision to send the Argentine into this wall was not from him but from the boss of Marquinhos.
Mauricio Pochetino cleared by RMC
The action made a lot of talk. During the Champions League match against Manchester City (2-0) on Tuesday, Paris Saint-Germain striker Lionel Messi (34 years, 2 games and 1 goal in LDC this season) placed himself on the ground behind the wall on a free kick from Riyad Mahrez. On images of RMC Sport, we see the former player of AS Roma, Marquinhos, asking Lionel Messi to go to bed at the foot of the wall.
The six-time Ballon d’Or, for the sake of participating in the defensive spots, did not hesitate to respond to the request of his teammate. Nevertheless, in the aftermath, Messi even joked about it with his teammate Neymar. An irreproachable attitude on the part of the Pulga.
This should definitively extinguish the controversy that came from England and wanted Mauricio Pochetino to be the man who humiliated the former Barça legend. Indeed, in the land of the Elizabeth II, the former central defender of Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand, pushed a rant in relation to this instruction by pinning the Parisian coach Mauricio Pochettino.