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Soccer-Pochettino supports Messi to regain his form in front of goal

PHOTO FILE: Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain vs OGC Nice
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain vs OGC Nice – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – December 1, 2021 Lionel Messi of Paris St Germain during the warm-up before the REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes match

December 3, 2021

PARIS (Reuters) – Paris Saint Germain forward Lionel Messi has “incredible talent” and the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will soon shoot across all posts, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday .

Messi stunned the sports world by leaving his childhood club Barcelona and joining PSG on a two-year deal at the end of the season.

But the 34-year-old Argentina international has had a slow start at PSG, scoring four goals in 12 games in all competitions, including one in Ligue 1.

“Leo has an incredible talent and always scores, so he will score more goals here,” Pochettino told reporters ahead of Saturday’s trip to Lens. “It is a matter of time and efficiency.

“He has a lot of chances in every game. The ball will eventually go in and he will help us a lot, as he did. ”

PSG is at the top of the table with 41 points after 16 matches, 12 points more than Olympique de Marseille, the team has one match left.

Pochettino said the Paris club will face a tough test against fifth-placed Lens and urged the players to be more careful in taking advantage of their chances.

“The key will be to score goals by improving our efficiency in front of goal,” said Pochettino. “We will be playing against a very physical Lens team. They are having a great season, and have a very good team with a good coach (Franck Haise). ”

PSG said in a statement that defender Sergio Ramos’ workload has been adjusted due to muscle fatigue and the 35-year-old will return to training on Sunday, following Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Nice nL1N2SM3DT .

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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