Thierry Henry explains why Lionel Messi is struggling at new club PSG
Former Arsenal and France football icon, Thierry Henry, has explained why Lionel Messi, is struggling at French Ligue 1 giants, PSG.
Messi is still adapting to Ligue 1 as he is yet to score a goal for PSG in the French top-flight league.
Henry, a former club teammate with Messi during their time together at Barcelona, says PSG manager, Mauricio Pochettino, should play the Argentine captain in the middle position in his squad to get the best out of him.
“He [Messi] is isolated, he is on the ball less,” Henry told RMC Sport.
“I wouldn’t say he’s sad, but he’s isolated. I prefer him through the middle.
“I’m having trouble with Leo out on the right. In the middle, he can set the tempo. Something needs to be found in order to get Mbappe, Neymar and Messi to play together.”
“I don’t think he can make the difference on the right, but then I don’t have the exact details from the tactical standpoint,” Henry added.
“Obviously, when you stay high up and you get out of the way, you won’t have an impact. Then you have fewer balls going towards him.
“Messi doesn’t speak a lot, he speaks with the ball,” Henry said. “For now, it’s Kylian’s team. Kylian is the one who’s making it shine most of all. The ball goes more towards him.
“At any single moment, there can only be one conductor, otherwise you can’t play at the same tempo. And in this team, there are too many conductors.”