Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed he withdrew Lionel Messi during the break on Friday in a 2-1 win over Lille to protect him from injury.
Leo Messi started off against PSG but endured the worst 45 minutes of his career, firing a shot twice at goal and failing to finish a single shot before being caught by Mauro Icardi in time.
It was a change that encouraged the return as goals from Marquinhos and Angel Di Maria saw PSG win the nervy.
As usual, the decision to withdraw Messi was controversial for Pochettino, but the manager revealed after the game that he was more focused on injury than anything else.
“We have to wait. We talked to the doctor. It’s a defense, “he told via Goal.” He couldn’t keep up, but it’s not a big deal. He will be in the next game. ”