Lionel Messi had his first derby in France between PSG and Olympique de Marseille at the difficult Velodrome stadium in the coastal city. The game, very interrupted by the atmosphere and by the game, ended without goals and saw Messi again somewhat disconnected from the team, again very far to the right, something that a former teammate of his in Barcelona, Thierry Henry, began to see us as a problem.
"He is isolated, he touches the ball less. I would not say that he is sad, but he is isolated. I prefer him in the axis (the middle). I am having a hard time. In the axis Messi can give rhythm. We have to find something for him to they (Messi, Mbappé and Neymar) play together. I don't think I can make a difference from the right, although I don't have the exact data at a tactical level. It can't have an impact. Participate less frequently", were Henry's words on Prime Video.
Henry sees that PSG is still armed around Mbappé, something that Pochettino may not want to touch at the moment: "Messi doesn't talk much, he talks to the ball. For now, this is Mbappé's team. It is especially Kylian who does it. shine. The ball goes more towards Kylian. At some point there has to be only one director, otherwise you can't play at the same pace. And on this team, there are too many drivers".
In this sense, Pochettino, like Koeman in Barcelona and Solskjaer in United, is highly criticized for not being able to create a team in harmony with such good individual material and they see problems in the short term. It is that, can not put a team on track, which intended to become the Dream Team, and there is already talk of replacement.