Seen from Argentina, the sweet words addressed by Christophe Galtier to Lionel Messi after the match against Angers fear to offend Kylian Mbappé.
Lionel Messi did not miss his return. For his first match since the coronation of Argentina at the World Cup, the sevenfold Ballon d’Or is indeed shone. Very fit, the native of Rosario completed his fine performance with a but at the end of a nice collective movement, allowing PSG to win 2-0 and to start again after their defeat in Lens during the previous day.
The evening of the former Barcelona is a just summer tarnished by the absence of tribute for his coronation, the PSG not wanting to take the risk of whistles for his star. The Argentinian was nevertheless heartily applauded during the presentation of the teams, which Christophe Galtier did not fail to underline at the end of the meeting. “Thank you and congratulations to the supporters for welcoming him as he was welcomed. Believe me it warms his heart”he thus named in a press conference.
We saw the best player in the world
The Parisian coach was full of praise for his playmaker. “Leo had recovered well, he had quite a few sessions with us. He seems calm, light, very fit on a physical level. Obviously with or without Leo, it gives another face, he continued. He looks good to me physically. I had spoken with him at halftime and at fur and as the match went to find out how he was feeling physically. He felt good. It was important for him to play quickly and to help him find Leo in the heart of the game. The fact that he was able to play the whole game is even better. »
The former Lille resident was even more rave about him at the Prime Video microphone. » We have surely seen the best player in the world today, he asserted. He really wanted to play, he prepared well and recovered well. I found him in good shape. Of course, when Leo is on the pitch, things have changed a lot. He is relieved to have won the trophy he was missing, because he has now won everything. And he really wanted to be quickly reconnected with the game, the match and the competition. He had a great game. »
And for the Argentine press, allow me to mention « best player in the world » is not anodic. It could even be badly experienced by Kylian Mbappé, who aspires to this status. « Galtier’s huge praise for Messi which will irritate Mbappé »headlines the site of Olé, one of the main Argentine dailies, explaining that this tribute from the Parisian coach to the Argentine risked boiling the Frenchman, a force still marked by the defeat of the Blues in the final of the world Cup.