Paris Saint-Germain fans are still waiting as they wait for Lionel Messi’s debut with the club. The former Barcelona captain is fully trained with the PSG squad, but manager Mauricio Pochettino is taking his time to introduce Argentina to active competition.
On Friday, PSG proved that their squad is strong enough to handle the competition without Messi and star striker Neymar Jr. .
Ander Herrera drew the first blood from a well-fed woman, and Killian Mbabane doubled PSG’s lead with a header. Before the burst half-time break, Frank Honwart’s effort was able to take a step back.
In the second half, Idris Goi gave PSG a 1-3 lead thanks to a long strike. Brest continued to fight back and Steve Mooney scored his second goal with just five minutes left in regulation time. The home side had all their hopes dashed as Angel Di Maria scored to give PSG a 2-4 victory.
Fans are happy to win, but they are eager to see the six-time Ballon d’Or winner on the pitch in a PSG shirt. He has only been training with the squad for a little over a week, and Pochettino is punctual.
However, Messi has reportedly been impressive in training, and fans will surely see him soon in Germany alongside former Barcelona partner Neymar Jr. Both players made it to the Copa Am فائنلrica final between Argentina and Brazil earlier this summer, and returned to training a few weeks later than many of their teammates.
Meanwhile, the absence of another big summer signature went unnoticed. Former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has yet to appear for the PSG, and his co-ordination with Argentina on the pitch is something many will be watching. After captaining two of European football’s biggest rival clubs, the two players are now in the same dressing room.
Gianluigi Donaruma, the hero of the European Championship for Italy, also sat on the PSG bench on Friday.