The strong cover of the French newspaper L’equipe against Lionel Messi for his trip to Saudi Arabia
“The mess Messi”. This was the title chosen by the French newspaper L’Equipe to depict an alleged anger between the coaching staff and the PSG squad with Lionel Messi. “The day after the defeat against Lorient, the Argentine missed training to go to Saudi Arabia without having the agreement of the squad,” they added in a strong cover.
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The article mentions that coach Christophe Galtier and his staff “had explained to the Parisian players that they would only be entitled to two days off (Monday and Tuesday) in the event of a win against Lorient.” The idea was to “avoid trips abroad” especially after criticism for the photos of “some players giving the impression of being on vacation” after the four days of rest granted.
For this reason, the club awaited the presence of the Argentine at the Camp des Loges, where Galtier referred to the new disappointment and asked the squad for a greater commitment. It is worth remembering that the coach had been very critical after last Sunday’s 3-1 match at the Parque de los Príncipes stadium.
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“A speech that Lionel Messi could not hear. While his teammates listened to his coach, the Argentine arrived in Riyadh, almost 6,000 kilometers from Paris. He was waiting for the Parisian star there for two days as part of his contract with the Saudi Arabian tourism office. A trip planned before the defeat on Sunday, and that could not be rescheduled. On two occasions, Messi had to cancel this trip after disappointing results for the club, especially after the defeat in the round of 16 against Bayern Munich (0-1, 0-2, February 14 and March 8)”.
The message of the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia before the arrival of Lionel Messi
Although the L’Equipe article clarifies that the Argentine had prior permission to travel to the Middle East, even after two cancellations with the corresponding notice from PSG, they also warn that he “did not have the agreement or Christophe Galtier or Luis Campos (sports director) after the modification of the training schedule ”.
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In another section of the note it is mentioned that the trip was “impossible to postpone this time because the season of high temperatures in Saudi Arabia is approaching.” However, at the same time he details that Messi’s absence “gave a lot to talk about, especially with some players who were surprised by such a move.”
“Luis Campos and the Parisian squad no longer liked the fact of having to go to Riyadh as part of a friendly match against a team made up of the best players in the local Championship last January”, they recalled about that meeting. friendly that faced Cristiano Ronaldo.
“Contacted on Monday night, the PSG communication did not deny or confirm that the player had not obtained authorization before leaving. This episode occurs when the future of Lionel Messi remains unclear”, they close an article that is extremely controversial, since PSG, the absolute leader of Ligue 1 with a difference of five units over Olympique de Marseille, will only play again on next Sunday against Troyes as a visitor.
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