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'Lionel Messi Brought a Calmness to the Team on Debut,' Claims Mauricio Pochettino

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi made his debut for PSG during their 2-0 win over Reims on Sunday, 29 August
Lionel Messi made his debut for PSG during their 2-0 win over Reims on Sunday, 29 August / John Berry/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Argentina icon, Lionel Messi brought calmness to the side on the pitch as he made his much-anticipated debut during their 2-0 win over Reims in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

Messi who started on the bench, was brought in the 65th minute as he replaced Neymar on the pitch, with his arrival getting a massive ovation from the the 6,000 travelling fans. While the 34-year-old could not get on the scoresheet, Pochettino believes that his presence made an impact on the rest of the squad.

"I felt it as soon as he came onto the field and his first touches of the ball. He brought a calmness to the team. It’s very important to get off to a good start, even for him. He was happy and he is well integrated into the group. It was a question of common sense to give him his debut," he said post the game.

“The welcome, it was something beautiful to see and hear from our supporters, but also from Reims fans. Messi was very happy about it. The motivation of the competition is there for everyone, but his presence brings optimism. Everyone feels it. It has an influence on the other players," he added.

While all the attention was showered on Messi, it was Kylian Mbappe who starred on the night, scoring a brace to ensure that the French giants move to the top of the league table with 12 points from four games.

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