Mauricio Pochettino insisted there are “no issues” with Lionel Messi after the Paris Saint-Germain superstar’s reaction to being substituted during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Ligue 1 rivals Lyon.
Messi had a puzzled look on his face as he walked past PSG head coach Pochettino, having been replaced by full-back Achraf Hakimi in the 76th minute of the league clash.
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Pochettino and Messi briefly exchanged words before the latter, who was making his home debut at the Parc des Princes following his blockbuster arrival from Barcelona, sat on the bench next to surprised team-mates.
Pochettino told a post-match media conference: “I think everyone knows that we have many great players, with a 35-man squad.
“We have to make choices, within the matchday squad and then during the game, keeping in mind what’s best for the team and every player.
“Sometimes the decisions are positive, or not, but that’s what managers are there to do on the sidelines, to make decisions. It can please people or not.
“I asked him how he was and he said he was fine, no issues.”
PSG secured victory over Lyon following a dramatic injury-time header from substitute Mauro Icardi from Mbappe’s cross after Neymar’s penalty had earlier cancelled out Lucas Paqueta’s opening goal.
Pochettino’s PSG are now five points clear of Marseille at the top of Ligue 1 after six wins from six games.