PSG Transfer News Roundup: Thierry Henry Blames Fans For Booing Lionel Messi; Parisians urged to fire Mauricio Pochettino, and more

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) failed to impress against AS Monaco in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The Parisians succumbed to a 0-3 loss but remain top of the standings, 12 points ahead of second-placed Marseille.

Meanwhile, Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry has slammed fans for booing Lionel Messi during the Parisians’ league game against Bordeaux. Elsewhere, a French football pundit has urged the French giants to sack manager Mauricio Pochettino.

On that note, here’s a rundown of PSG’s top transfer stories as of March 21, 2022:

Thierry Henry slams fans for booing Lionel Messi

So far, Lionel Messi has been going through a tough time at the Parc des Princes.
So far, Lionel Messi has been going through a tough time at the Parc des Princes.

Thierry Henry has slammed PSG fans for turning against Lionel Messi in the league game against Bordeaux.

The Argentinian has struggled since arriving in Paris. His misery was compounded by a round of 16 exit against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. The early departure from the tournament has fans turning on the 34-year-old legend.

However, Henry believes the fan backlash was unwarranted. Although Messi didn’t light up Ligue 1 – scoring just twice in 18 games – he was one of the most productive players in the league. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, however, has the most assists (10) in Ligue 1, along with team-mate Kylian Mbappe and Rennes’ Benjamin Bourigeaud.

The Argentine missed the loss to Monaco through illness, and perhaps his absence was felt by the Parisians on the pitch.

Thierry Henry explains perfectly why PSG fans don’t deserve Lionel Messi.🐐

After the game, as reported by The Mirror, Henry said the Parisians didn’t create anything in Messi’s absence.

“Last week, PSG fans booed Messi. How can you boo the greatest of all time? The guy who made the most assists in Ligue 1 (this season)? Today without Messi , the team didn’t create anything,” Henry said.

Eric Rabesandratana urges PSG to sack Mauricio Pochettino

French football pundit Eric Rabesandratana has urged PSG to sack coach Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has endured a tough campaign with the Parisians so far and suffered another setback on Sunday.

speaking on France Blue ParisAs quoted by PSG Talk, Rabesandratana says a new face will help prepare the team for next season.

“I know Mauricio Pochettino well, especially the person. It’s a complicated situation. Inevitably, when we observe his work, it does not correspond to the expectations of PSG. We are waiting to find out if he will continue, especially by the end of the season,” Rabesandratana said.

He continued:

“I think it would be interesting to change coaches now because there is a bit of time left. What would be good is if we used this time for the preparation and adaptation of a new coach. In the plan integration and to save time, it could be positive.”

Pochettino is widely tipped to join Manchester United next season, having been largely disappointed during his spell at the Parc des Princes. Zinedine Zidane is expected to arrive at the club if the Argentine leaves.

Kylian Mbappe urges teammates to stay professional

Kylian Mbappe failed to find the back of the net on Sunday.
Kylian Mbappe failed to find the back of the net on Sunday.

Kylian Mbappe has urged his teammates to stay professional after the 0-3 defeat to Monaco in Ligue 1. The Frenchman failed to get into a game where PSG were second best all night.

After the match, relayed by The Mirror, Mbappe seemed determined to help the Parisians win their tenth league title, the eighth in ten years.

“We lost against a great team who are playing to get into Europe. They (Monaco) were determined and carried out their game plan. I hope they get into Europe. They deserved to win. The objective is to ‘go for the 10th league title. The rest doesn’t matter,’ Mbappe said.

The attacker continued:

“Even if we win 8-0 or 9-0, people will still think of the Champions League. We have to stay professional and respect each other. We have to respect the fans who support us, the people and our families. respect if you have an ounce of respect for what you do.”

Mbappe was one of the only stars in an otherwise disappointing campaign for the Parisians, scoring 26 times in all competitions. However, he is widely tipped to join Real Madrid as a free agent this summer.

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