LIVE – PSG: Messi comes out of silence and apologizes

Lionel Messi apologizes after trip to Saudi Arabia

In a video posted on his Instagram account, Lionel Messi apologized after his trip to Saudi Arabia. “I thought we were going to have a rest day after the game, as always. I sincerely thought that I would be free to leave last week. I had organized this trip and I could not cancel it. I I had already canceled before. I apologize to my teammates and I’m waiting to see what the club will decide.”

End of the press conference

Christophe Galtier slipped away after answering questions from journalists. Next speech scheduled for Sunday evening after the match against Estac at the Aube stadium.

Galtier on possible Messi return after suspension: ‘We’ll see’

“We will see when Leo comes back, we will see what will happen, obviously there will be discussions with the whole club, but also with Leo who is the first concerned”.

Almost relegated, Troyes “will want to beat PSG”

“Troyes will receive the defending champion, they will play without pressure, in front of the world, they will want to beat PSG. It is up to us to be much more efficient than against Lorient, we must be determined to win, he That’s all that matters. I think we’ll have an open game.”

Galtier: “I do not accept that we go in front of a player’s home”

“Will we see Neymar again next season? I’m already very focused on our last five games and we’ll see what happens next season. Regarding the meeting in front of a player’s home, you have to be careful to that and private life remains private life. I can understand the anger, the disappointment of our supporters, the demonstration in front of the headquarters, our workplace, but I do not accept that we go to a player’s home because there can be overflows because our society has gone mad.”

“The insults against me? I am exposed as a coach, I understand but I stay focused.”

Defeats “not linked to relaxation” for Galtier

“We have a second and a third who have a lot of points and are on a good dynamic. The defeats we have suffered are not linked to a relaxation but to injuries, to the fatigue of this singular season. In these cases- there it is necessary to be united, to free the word and to make that everyone fights for the same objective: to be champion.

Galtier: “A big gap between life in the locker room and what is said in the media”

“There is a gap between what you can write and what we live on a daily basis. The news of this beginning of the week with the suspension of Leo, the poor performance… But I insist, there there is a big gap, also through what you can invent and the life of the locker room. We are not living a pleasant period, but there is a goal to achieve and we are working for it. I saw the reaction of my group After the defeat against Lorient, we’re all focused. There’s a title to go for, we have to keep our points lead. It’s a very unique season, not just in Ligue 1. The reality of the locker room shows me that the players want to go for the title.”

Galtier won’t ‘comment’ on Messi suspension taken by management

“We will go into the timeline. I was informed at the start of the week by my management of their decision to suspend Leo. Then I took the decision not to comment on it. I am an employee of the club, a decision is taken, I do not comment on it.”

Start of the PSG coach’s press conference

Christophe Galtier has just arrived in the press room and will therefore answer questions from the journalists present this Friday at Camp des Loges.

Galtier at the microphone of PSG TV

“Forfeit of Nuno Mendes, suspension of Hakimi… Yes, it penalizes us at the end of the season. We will have to find solutions and manage to keep a dynamic outside, where we are more comfortable than at home. Bernat will be available to play on the left.”

“I don’t want to believe that we are more comfortable away than at home. We are in the sprint, in the fight, we have to do everything possible to win on Sunday.”

“Troyes will want to beat the defending champion, we know it. It is above all the investment that we will put in that will count, we must impose our game.”

Sanches back to collective training

Renato Sanches, absent recently due to an injury, participates in collective training. He should therefore be available for the trip to Troyes.


Training begins at Camp des Loges

Today’s training session is scheduled for 11am. It’s very quiet around the Camp des Loges. There are more journalists and security guards than supporters.


Rivaldo says he’s ‘a little sad’ about Messi’s attitude with PSG

Ambassador of the British betting company Betfair, the Brazilian Rivaldo gave his first impressions of the “Messi affair” which is currently affecting PSG, while “La Pulga” has been suspended for two weeks by the capital club for his be returned to Saudi Arabia without his authorization.

The 1999 Ballon d’Or said he was “a bit sad to see the Argentinian having this kind of attitude disrespecting his current club, which is very unusual for him. Surely he could have found a better alternative – talking at the club, waiting for the officials to come to Paris or even waiting for the end of the season. He could have found an agreement with PSG that would not create an internal problem.”

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Ekitike and Zaire-Emery holders in Troyes?

We do not yet know the eleven who will be lined up by Christophe Galtier to face Troyes on Sunday (8:45 p.m., 34th day of Ligue 1), but Hugo Ekitike (no longer a starter since February 11 against Monaco) could start.

Warren Zaire-Emery as well. It remains to be seen in which game pattern and in which position for the last city. With the injuries of Nordi Mukiele and Timothée Pembélé, as well as the suspension of Achraf Hakimi, can the young 17-year-old Titi be aligned in the right lane? The next sessions will perhaps give more answers on this point.

Fabrice Hawkin

Hello everyone, press conference at 1 p.m.

Welcome to our live to follow all the news from PSG before the trip to Troyes on Sunday (8:45 p.m., 34th day of Ligue 1). Christophe Galtier will be at a press conference this Friday from 1 p.m. and the subjects will not be lacking once again between the Messi affair, the demonstrations of the supporters and the race for the relaunched title.

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