Recent comments on the part of Luis Suarez could potentially explain why Lionel Messi has endured such a slow start to life at PSG.
Messi’s PSG stint
Lionel Messi would join PSG over the summer, departing long-time club FC Barcelona in the biggest transfer story of the year.
With the Argentine reuniting with Neymar, as well as golden boy Kylian Mbappe, there was an expectation that PSG would go on to dominate both domestically and in Europe this campaign.
However, that has not really proven the case so far. The capital giants do have a healthy lead atop Ligue 1, though Mauricio Pochettino’s side have drawn their last two outings, against Nice and Lens.
Elsewhere, in Europe, PSG have won just two of their five Champions League group stage outings.
Messi, meanwhile, has scored three in five in the CL, but his Ligue 1 record has been less than impressive.
The Argentine has scored just one and assisted three in eight league games this term.
Explanation for Lionel Messi’s slow start at PSG provided?
This is by no means a terrible record, but it is well below the standards that Messi has set for himself over the last decade or so.
Now, though, as mentioned above, comments on the part of Luis Suarez could potentially provide an insight into exactly why his close friend has struggled in France thus far.
When drawn on Messi’s form this weekend, Suarez stated that the 34-year-old has ‘suffered a lot’ whilst playing in the cold and snow:
“Our relationship is still intact, we talk every day. We talk about the matches, about the family… He told me that he suffered a lot from playing in the cold and especially in the snow. You have to get used to it. “
[#L1🇫🇷] Suarez sur Messi💬: « Notre relation est toujours intacte, on parle tous les jours. On parle des matchs, de la famille… Il m’a dit qu’il souffrait beaucoup de jouer dans le froid et surtout avec la neige. Il faut s’habituer. »
— Footballogue⭐️⭐️ (@Footballogue) December 5, 2021
Could this explain why things have not quite clicked for Messi in Paris as of yet?
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