Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino hinted on Tuesday that new signing Lionel Messi would be in the Champions League opener for the first time against Nimber and Killian Mbabane in the Champions League opener.
Argentina, who left Barcelona on a free transfer this summer, have yet to make an appearance for the French team, along with two other big names, and Pochettino is hungry to share the excitement of PSG fans.
“Messi, Neymar and Mbabane, I’m involved in this collective excitement, I’m like everyone else, I’m going to be crazy not to see them play together,” Pochettino told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s game.
“Will we see them together tomorrow? Maybe, yes …”
More than a month after joining the club, Messi was seen in the PSG jersey for just 24 minutes as a substitute in a League 1 game at the Rams.
The 34-year-old was expected to make his full debut for the Qatar-owned club last weekend, but was finally rested against Clermont after returning from international duty with Argentina.
However, Pochettino now looks set to take on the six-time Ballon d’Or winner at the John Bradley Stadium against the Belgian champions in the Group A opener from the start.
However, the coach says that Messi’s arrival is not a guarantee of the success of the Champions League that the PSG wants.
“With these names, you can feel that we are the ‘losing team’ but it is Chelsea, the defending champions, the losing team,” said Pochettino, who beat previous club Tottenham in the Champions League in 2019. Were taken to the league final. .
“They have spent more money than PSG, but I have no problem.
“We are a club that bought a lot of players this summer and recruited some big names but we have to change that as a team, as Chelsea did last year.”
The Argentine coach also warned against blocking Wednesday’s opponents from writing.
“Club Brugge dominates the Belgian league,” he said.
“Physically, it’s a great team that can change the system, as I saw in their last two matches, 5-3-2 to 4-3-3.
“You need absolute concentration and we have full respect for our opponents. There are only great teams in the Champions League.”