Lionel Messi to be featured in PSG defeat amid ongoing Gini Wijnaldum ‘nightmare’

Lionel Messi had another difficult evening for Paris Saint-Germain as Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost to Nice while Georginio Wijnaldum’s ‘nightmare’ continued at PSG

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Lionel Messi endured another frustrating evening for Paris Saint-Germain as he was unable to exert any influence as his side lost 1-0 in Nice.

It was Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s second consecutive away defeat in Ligue 1 and continued the Argentine’s frustration since his high profile summer transfer from Barcelona last summer.

The 34-year-old was part of a PSG attack that didn’t work throughout the game in the absence of the forward and the side’s key player Kylian Mbappe.

The defeat in Nice comes just days before the side’s season-defining second leg Champions League Round of 16 duel at real Madrid.

Mbappe’s last goal in the first leg was enough to secure a narrow win in Paris last month, but the tie remains firmly in the balance before their trip to the Spanish capital.

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Messi failed to exert any influence during PSG’s defeat in Nice on Saturday


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Messi has scored just two goals in 18 domestic games for Les Parisiens and while he has fared better in European competition, his unconvincing performances in France remain a concern.

The Argentine was part of an attacking trio that included Neymar and Angel di Maria but the trio failed to gain momentum throughout the encounter.

It was a few-chances game that shadowed hosts Nice – who moved up to second place with the win – and eventually won thanks to a great finish from Andy Delort late on.

However, PSG were extremely underwhelming as Di Maria was eventually replaced by Mauro Icardi late on, but Pochettino’s side consistently failed to create any significant chances.

Messi was rated a meager 4/10 by French daily L’Equipe – just one ahead of those ranked as the worst players on the pitch.

Di Maria was rated just 3/10 alongside Georginio Wijnaldum – the former Liverpool Midfielder who continues to struggle in Paris.

Messi was only 4/10 in L’Equipe ratings


Taken from Twitter / L’Equipe)

The Netherlands international is said to be going through a “nightmarish” run of form at the club, according to L’Equipe foot Mercato noted how he touched the ball just 28 times during the game – an extraordinarily low number for a central midfielder and the fewest of any player on the pitch.

Wijnaldum has scored three goals and provided two assists in 29 games for PSG since joining the club from Anfield last summer.

Despite their unconvincing domestic form and back-to-back Ligue 1 defeats away, Pochettino’s side remain a whopping 13 points clear at the top of the table.

They will be working their way to the title this season – having been shockingly pushed to the post by outsiders Lille last time out – but it will be in the Champions League where the success of their season will be measured.

PSG are also eliminated from the Coupe de France – they were beaten on penalties by Nice earlier this year – with pressure on boss Pochettino to deliver.

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