PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino feels Lionel Messi lacks luck when it comes to scoring.
The Argentinian touched the woodwork for the 10th time this season when his effort in their league clash with Troyes missed the post.
No player in Ligue 1 has been rejected more times by the woodwork than he has been, something Pochettino is struggling to come to terms with.
Speaking after the game, he said, as quoted by L’Equipe:
“I think it was due to bad luck. It was unbelievable because we were able to win that last game, when he hit the crossbar. He is a top quality player and I think he is. just had bad luck this season. Unfortunately, with all that writing, he didn’t get the chance to score more goals.”
After a sensational move from Barcelona last summer, Messi has struggled to replicate his goalscoring record in the French capital, having scored just four goals in 24 games.
With a little more accuracy in his shots, the 34-year-old will certainly have more in his pocket, but is just behind his team-mate Kylian Mbappe in passing with 13 goals. labour.
Messi has scored a total of 70 shots in the league this season, including 42 from outside the box, which further accentuates his efforts in front of goal.
Despite winning the Ligue 1 title with the squad, he was not even nominated for the ‘player of the awards’ title. With their disappointing performances in European and domestic cups, his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or are slim too.
Why did PSG sign a failed contract?
Given Messi’s poor personal campaign, many have suggested that his move to PSG was one of the worst this season.
He certainly struggled to adapt to his new surroundings but a total of nine goals and 13 assists in all competitions in his first season in a new league with a team. New isn’t too bad.
What the Argentinian lacked in goals, he made up for in play, creating 15 big chances, the most in Ligue 1, behind only Mbappe (21) and Dimitri Payet (18).
He also averages 2.3 key passes per game and, as noted above, boasts the second-best assists list with 13, two more than Messi registered during the season. his last La Liga with Barcelona.
PSG fans expect the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner to build on these stats next season.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-it-s-unbelievable-psg-boss-mauricio-pochettino-comments-lionel-messi-s-unfortunate-stat-ligue-1?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “It’s unbelievable” – PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino comments on Lionel Messi’s unfortunate stat in Ligue 1