Galtier saves Messi for the French League match

The coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Christophe Galtier, announced this Thursday that Lionel Messi will finally not be part of the match on Friday against Châteauroux, from the third division, for the 32nd round of the French Cup. . In this way, the return of the star to the fields will be postponed until next Wednesday, when PSG will face Angers in the French League.

“Messi trained yesterday and today. He was in his country celebrating and we wanted him to recover well at home with his family. He is not going to play tomorrow, I spoke with him. We want him to be ready for the next game,” Galtier explained in the press conference prior to the cup clash.

The coach, who was in charge of taking care of Messi’s physique in the second half of 2022 and did not overload him with minutes during the tournament, was proud of his coach’s performance at the World Cup in Qatar, where he led the Argentine team to the title . “He had an extraordinary World Cup, where he made an enormous physical effort. We are going to see how he is and obviously we want him to be available for the next game.”

Galtier acknowledged that “everyone is very happy to have him back”, referring to his teammates and all the club staff, who received him in a very good way, although he stressed that he has doubts about whether the captain of the national team should be honored at the PSG stadium for the World Cup achievement. “I don’t think there is a need to celebrate in Messi’s name. He is a world champion PSG player, we are very lucky to have a player like him. The next game will be a full stadium and I hope our team will celebrate it. fans,” he added.

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Consequently, Messi would finally reappear next Wednesday, January 11, against Angers, at the Parque de los Príncipes stadium, for the eighteenth date of Ligue 1. Although a tribute has not been confirmed, everything will depend on the determination made by Al Khelaïfi – owner of the Parisian entity- and Luis Campos – sports director- in the coming days.

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