Messi 'unhappy' with Pochettino at PSG

Ligue 1

The latest reports suggest that Lionel Messi is unhappy with Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino.  

In November, it was reported that the ex-Tottenham Hotspur head coach was unhappy in Paris as his family are still based in London, while it was also said that he was prepared to return to England to join Manchester United. 

It now appears that one of his fellow countrymen, Messi, could seemingly help him to the exit door, with L’Equipe reporting that the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has begun to have doubts about whether the boss is good enough for the PSG job as has concerns about the coach's tactics and his ability to control the dressing room.

Scroll through the gallery below to see Messi in action for PSG in their 1-1 draw with RC Lens on Saturday

The French giants are currently 11 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, but the 49-year-old has seemingly struggled to identify a tactic that allows for Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to simultaneously excel. 

It has been claimed that Messi believes the manager's approach is "too restrictive" and that this is why the star trio's potential has not been maximised. 

A number of the team's players are also said to have lost respect for Pochettino due to his failure to control the dressing room.

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During a pre-match press conference ahead of PSG's UEFA Champions League tie against Club Brugge on Tuesday evening, however, the manager spoke about the reported issues with the 34-year-old, and suggested that all is calm behind the scenes.  

"I'm feeling good, I'm calm," Pochettino said, per the Daily Mirror. 

"I am working in an organisation which is aware of the work we are putting in. I'm feeling the club's support. I'm calm because I know the process we've set out on. 

"You have what's happening on the pitch but also internally, in the adaptation, communication, and the fact that links are being created. 

"We know that, in a club like PSG, on which the light shines very brightly, rumours are part of our life. 

"In the middle of these storms, we will never stray away from our ideas. Because we know that after the storm, the sun will come out.

"And then we'll be able to make those who love the club benefit from our work."

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