Pochettino defends the decision to replace Messi: I am here to decide
Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has defended himself after sparking a backlash when he decided to replace Lionel Messi during his side’s dramatic Ligue 1 victory over Lyon. Saying the coaches are there to make decisions.
Messi, who was making his home debut for PSG, seemed outraged as he was substituted in the 75th minute. On the way out of the field to make room for Achraf Hakim. The 34-year-old said something to Pochettino and refused to reach out to greet him.
The match was a 1-1 draw when Messi left. But Mauro Icardi came to the surface with a late goal to secure all three points for PSG.
Although it was a dramatic victory, all the focus after the match was on the decision of the coach to remove Messi from the game. When his team needed a goal to win the match.
The 34-year-old is still looking for the first goal in the Paris shirt. However he was unlucky because the goal was denied by the post. After a great shot from the free kick in the first half.
Asked why he decided to replace his compatriot, Pochettino said: “Everyone knows we have great players on the team. We have a rich team with 35 players. ”
“We have to make decisions. 11 players start the match. Then we have to make decisions during the match. We stand by the bench thinking about what to do. And we have to make decisions. Regardless of whether things go well or badly. Regardless of whether you like those decisions or not.” he added.
PSG’s next match is against Metz in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.