Pochettino asks for patience with Messi ahead of potential return against Manchester City

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Pochettino has asked for a great patience for Messi as the starman gradually gets used to his new team.

This was as a result of rumours making headlines that the Messi seems not to be flowing well with his new club as he has failed to score or even assist a goal in all the matches he has played for Paris St Germain.

Messi, who is a six-times ballon d’or winner is battling with a knee injury of late, however he might play against Manchester city today, Tuesday September 28.

“[Messi] is progressing very well, and I think he’ll be in the squad, but I don’t know if he’ll start,” Pochettino said in his pre-match media conference ahead of today’s meeting in the French capital.

“He’s the best player in the world, but he’s still a human like everyone else. He also needs to adapt to this new team, new culture and new country. He was at Barcelona for 20 years, everything is new here for him.  

“With time, I have no doubt that everything will go well and we’re going to have real success together.” 

Pochettino, former Tottenham and Southampton manager and presently Paris St Germain’s manager commented on his team still in the progress of being strong as the prepares to host Manchester City today.

“We’re a work in progress,” Pochettino said. “It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact. We have to look at where we have come from and where we are today. 

“We’re going to face Manchester City and the best coach in the world, Pep Guardiola. They’re a great team, a club that dreams of winning the Champions League, as we do. They’re perhaps ahead of us, but anything can happen in a football match. 

“We’re going to try and cause them problems with a lot of desire, determination, and also by applying our ideas and limiting their qualities, and finding weaknesses to exploit. It’s a match for the players in which they can show their potential.” 

Pochettino also dismissed the speculations that his game against Manchester city today Tuesday 28th September is the real game aside having won all their first eight ligue 1 game to sit atop the table.

“A first test? I don’t think so. We’ve had a different challenge in each game. The start of the season hasn’t been easy because we have got players back gradually. Since we’ve had a complete squad, we’ve worked,” he said.

“We know the expectations on us and we know we have to work with responsibility and rigour today, not tomorrow. We have to stand up and be counted when a game comes up.” he concluded.