Mauricio Pochettino needs Lionel Messi to be given time to adapt to his new environment at Paris Saint-Germain, who’re getting ready to go up towards “the very best coach on the earth” in Pep Guardiola.
Messi has but to attain or help in three appearances since becoming a member of PSG on a free switch amid monetary difficulties at Barcelona, however Pochettino is ready to be affected person with the long-lasting celebrity.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been battling a knee damage of late, although he could also be concerned when the French membership host Manchester Metropolis in a titanic Champions League conflict.
“[Messi] is progressing very effectively, and I feel he’ll be within the squad, however I don’t know if he’ll begin,” Pochettino mentioned in his pre-match media convention forward of Tuesday’s assembly within the French capital.
“He’s the very best participant on the earth, however he’s nonetheless a human like everybody else. He additionally must adapt to this new workforce, new tradition and new nation. He was at Barcelona for 20 years, all the things is new right here for him.
“With time, I’ve little doubt that all the things will go effectively and we’re going to have actual success collectively.”
The previous Tottenham and Southampton boss additionally tried to downplay expectations as his facet chase European glory, claiming that PSG aren’t but the completed article – in contrast to their subsequent opponents.
“We’re a piece in progress,” Pochettino mentioned. “It’s not an opinion, it’s a truth. We need to take a look at the place now we have come from and the place we’re right this moment.
“We’re going to face Manchester Metropolis and the very best coach on the earth, Pep Guardiola. They’re an awesome workforce, a membership that desires of profitable the Champions League, as we do. They’re maybe forward of us, however something can occur in a soccer match.
“We’re going to attempt to trigger them issues with a whole lot of want, dedication, and likewise by making use of our concepts and limiting their qualities, and discovering weaknesses to take advantage of. It’s a match for the gamers during which they will present their potential.”
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Pochettino additionally dismissed the concept that the contest with Metropolis is their first actual problem of the season, having received all of their first eight Ligue 1 video games to sit down 9 factors clear on the high of the desk.
“A primary check? I don’t suppose so. We’ve had a unique problem in every recreation. The beginning of the season hasn’t been straightforward as a result of now we have acquired gamers again steadily. Since we’ve had a whole squad, we’ve labored,” he mentioned.
“We all know the expectations on us and we all know now we have to work with accountability and rigour right this moment, not tomorrow. We’ve got to face up and be counted when a recreation comes up.”
There was additionally an replace on the health of Marco Verratti, who, like Messi, is about to be a part of the squad however is probably not prepared to begin.