The wait is over. After weeks of uncertainty, the signing of the contract, its official presentation and moving, Lionel Messi He will do what he does best: play soccer. This afternoon would be his official premiere with the shirt of the Paris Saint Germain, who will visit Reims for the fourth date of Ligue 1. The appointment at the stadium Auguste Delaune It will start at 3:45 p.m. (Argentine time). Will televise ESPN.
As planned, the Argentine will step on the playing field on the fourth day of a contest whose only leader – with perfect scores – PSG, who defeated Troyes, Racing de Strasbourg and Brest before this event. “Surely the three are among those summoned. Then we will see if they will be within the starting 11 “, declared Mauricio Pochettino regarding the possibility of having Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, who debates their continuity for these hours (Real Madrid sent an ultimatum for his possible purchase).
Although the expectation of Paris will be to return to conquer the French league that was denied last season by the executioner Lille, the main objective of this new campaign will be to go for the Champions League. The French will share Group A of the competition with Manchester City, Leipzig from Germany and Bruges from Belgium. The first appointment will be on Wednesday, September 15 as visitors to the Belgians. Today, In the first round, two teams can overcome the line of the Parisians at the top of the table: Angers (receives Rennes) and Clermont (will do the same against Metz).
In France they have already started to stand out some extra-football gestures that invite fans to adore the 34-year-old from Rosario: among them are precisely the dealings with the fans, not having the whims of a world star, the great relationship with his teammates, the transfer of the number 10 of the shirt to his friend Neymar, the commitment in each training session and the transmission of the illusion that mobilizes the entire Parisian people.
Pochettino has one of those beautiful problems when it comes to facing the board and putting the chips: it is that the figures fall out of his pockets and he will have to show a waist to obtain good results, great performance, balance the physique of his elements and maintain the wardrobe in harmony leaving out the egos. A clear example is that among those mentioned will be Neymar, Messi, Mbappé, Di María, Marquinhos, Verratti, Wijnaldum, Paredes, Navas and Donnarumma, not counting that they are injured Sergio Ramos and Mauro Icardi.
On the opposite side the Stade de Reims comes after three consecutive draws against Nice (0-0), Montpellier (3-3) and Metz (1-1). His coach, the Spanish Oscar GarciaHe knows Messi well since he is very identified with Barcelona, an entity in which he was a youth player and coach. In addition, he faced him in command of Celta de Vigo in the 2019/2020 season. The Catalan believes he has the formula to stop the flea and company.
Messi’s last official match was on July 11, when the Argentine team defeated Brazil 1-0 at the Maracanã stadium in the final of the Copa América. After that, he took vacations to Rosario, Miami, the Dominican Republic and Ibiza. When it seemed that he was going to renew his link with Barcelona, the inconvenience due to the salary cap imposed by La Liga led the Catalan club to make the decision to dispense with his services.
The sports diary The team even reported that initial training It could be with Messi, Mbappé and Di María as an offensive trident, beyond that it would sound strange to see Leo from the beginning after more than a month of inactivity and just two weeks of training with his new teammates. Although everything will be defined minutes before the initial whistle. The expectation is high for another reason as well: Could Messi, Neymar and Mbappé play together in the attack, for the only time?
For now, in Europe the debate continues over the transfers of the players to their respective national teams on the eve of a new FIFA Date valid for the Qualifiers on the way to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, although from France they clarified that they will not put obstacles. So much Messi What Leandro Paredes and Ángel Di María They were summoned by Lionel Scaloni for the appointments against Venezuela, Brazil and Bolivia in early September.
Reims: Predrag Rajkovic; Andrew Gravillon, Wout Faes, Yunis Abdelhamid; Thomas Foket, Marshall Munetsi, Moreto Cassamã, Ghislain Konan; Ilan Kebbal, El Bilal Touré y Mathieu Cafaro. DT: Oscar Garcia
PSG: Keylor Navas; Achraf Hakimi, Thilo Kehrer, Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo; Idrissa Gueye, Georginio Wijnaldum, Marco Verratti; Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé and Di María. DT: Mauricio Pochettino.
Stadium: Auguste Delaune
Hour: 15.45 (Argentine time)
Referee: François Letexier
Will televise: ESPN y TV5 Monde