Cup in French match both Neymar and Lionel Messi will not play in Friday’s Coupe de France match between Paris Saint-Germain and Châteauroux.
- A Cup of France match is on Friday.
- Resting Brazilian forward
- Argentine legend has only recently resumed training
Why did it happen? In domestic cup competitions against third-tier opposition, the superstar forwards will not be risked. This is because they eased their way back into club action at PSG following World Cup duty. Since returning from Qatar, Neymar has played one game and picked up a red card. While Messi has only recently returned to training after leading Argentina to global glory.
When asked about Messi’s involvement in a cup match with Châteauroux. PSG boss Christophe Galtier said, “Leo trained yesterday and today.” Messi will not play tomorrow. “We’re making sure he’s prepared for the next game.” We will take stock. “We want him to be available for the next match, so I’ll pay close attention to what he does.”
On his Brazilian international forward, Galtier continued, “Neymar’s absence was premeditated, just like all the players who participated in the World Cup.” We had decided that Neymar would be treated for his sprained ankle during this time.
Both Messi and Neymar were disqualified from PSG’s French Cup match against Chateauroux. After Galtier made his feelings about the Argentine star’s World Cup ovation known.
The bigger picture: Messi received a guard of honor from PSG players and staff upon returning to Parc des Princes. Galtier says no decision has been made on whether a full stadium celebration of his World Cup victory, in which France was defeated in an epic final, will take place. “It was imperative that all the players at the training center celebrate him at home.” This celebration moved him. Is there going to be a celebration at his next game at the Parc? We’ll see when it’s his next game, but celebrating Leo is not required or wanted. There is no reason why our supporters shouldn’t rejoice over him, so I dare to hope that they will.
THEN WHAT? On January 11, PSG will visit Angers and will likely have Messi in their starting lineup. Galtier’s team will be seeking to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to Lens, which was their first loss of the season in the French top division, in that game.
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