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Ligue 1: “Two glorious goals”: PSG happy about Messi’s return

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After the World Cup celebrations with Argentina, Lionel Messi scores again for his club in the first game. Coach Galtier praises the superstar, who also benefits from a former Leipzig player.

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Lionel Messi continues to do Lionel Messi things after the World Cup, much to the delight of his French club Paris Saint-Germain and coach Christophe Galtier.

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“It was important for him to be able to play again quickly and it was important for the team to have Leo back in the center of the game. The fact that he was able to play the whole game is all the better,” said Galtier after the 2-0 -Home win of the league leaders against Angers at the bottom over the 35-year-old offensive star.

Messi, who was playing for PSG for the first time since the World Cup triumph with Argentina, initiated the first goal on Wednesday evening and scored the second himself after an attack he had also initiated. “We scored two wonderful goals,” said Galtier, who also liked Messi’s interaction with Neymar. “They first had to find their places again, their connection, they did that very well at a good technical level.”

Double template from ex-Leipziger

Former Leipzig player Nordi Mukiele, who scored both goals, was no less impressed by Messi’s performance. “I know that he is a technically very talented player. I just had to pass him a ball, he could shoot right,” explained the defender the perfectly combined goal to make it 2-0, which also stood up to the video evidence – Messi was accurate started at the right moment.

“Leo had recovered well, he had a lot of sessions with us. He seems calm, light-footed and physically very fit,” said Galtier, whose eleven also thanks to Messi extended their lead in Ligue 1 to six points after 18 games. Chaser RC Lens had failed at relegation contenders Racing Strasbourg (2-2), but that was only a side note because of the Messi show.

Of course, PSG “have a different face with or without Leo,” said Galtier, explaining why he let his superstar play through completely: “I spoke to him at half-time and during the game to find out how he was feeling physically . He felt good.” Messi’s 13th goal of the season in PSG’s 20th competitive game reinforced that impression.

Galtier also liked the reaction of the fans, who have long since forgiven Messi for scoring three goals, including penalties, with Argentina in the World Cup final against his adopted country France. They celebrated their number 30 after the goal to make it 2-0 by chanting “Messi, Messi”. “Thank you and bravo to the fans for welcoming him the way he was received. Believe me, it warms his heart,” said Galtier. Kylian Mbapp√©, who lost four goals to Messi’s Argentina in the final with France, is currently on special leave at PSG.

Source: Stern

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