The heavyweights of Ligue 1 drew a great deal in the summer when the all-time great became a free agent
Mauricio Pochettino admits he never expected to be in a position The signing of Lionel Messi was a realistic option, but the boss of Paris Saint-Germain expects the Argentine to give his best after quickly establishing himself in French football.
In the summer, a wonderful coup for the Ligue 1 giants is assured financial problems in Barcelona led to Messi becoming a free agent.
Pochettino was amazed that a compatriot at Parc des Princes could join him and wanted to seize the opportunity.
What was said?
The PSG manager told UEFAs Official Website of Messi: “I may not be the most suitable person to describe him. There are many more people who have a wider vocabulary to describe him closer to the reality that Leo deserves.
“He will always be considered one of the best in the world. Since his arrival he has adapted very quickly and he has trained very well and tried to reach his highest level as soon as possible to compete at his best.
‘I did not think it was possible [that he would sign for us], and if an opportunity arises and everything goes so fast, you can not process it immediately.
‘However, there is a connection: we are both Argentina, we both support Newell’s [Old Boys], we both come from Rosario. I also admired him for a long time when I confronted him as an opponent, so it is very nice to train him with us now. We hope that together we will be able to achieve what the club desires. ”
What about PSG’s other new signings?
The last transfer window was particularly productive for PSG, with multiple transactions made without saving on big money transfer costs.
Four proven international artists were snatched as free agents, while Achraf Hakimi was lured away from Inter after their Serie A victory in 2020-21.
Pochettino commented on the capture of former Real Madrid captain and Sergio Ramos, who won the World Cup: “Sergio is also a player we think, given the possibility, can transfer his experience and competitiveness.
“He is a player who also won everything, just like Leo. It is good to have him at the club for everything he can share with his teammates: all the experience he has gained at Real Madrid.”
He added Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum: ‘He was captain of the Dutch national team, he won everything at Liverpool, but he still has a lot of football left to play.
‘He can play in different positions, but without losing his competitiveness, understand the game deeply and have an excellent level in terms of technique and [strength]. “
Speaking about Italy’s international goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was on his way to France after severing ties with AC Milan, Pochettino said: “We have already seen him crowned the Euro 2020 player of the tournament and won Euro 2020 with Italy. “I think his profile as a goalkeeper and his age make him one of the best goalkeepers in the world, right?”
On Hakimi, the PSG boss said: ‘Achraf is a young player [I have] follow since [I was] in Tottenham.
“We were about to sign him at Tottenham, but then he went to play for Dortmund. He has a great ability to run, his physical potential is great. He is young, he is growing up on the defensive level, but he make a lot of contributions in the attack. “
PSG, with Messi and Neymar back at their disposal, start their group stage campaign for the Champions League for 2021-22 in Club Brugge on Wednesday.