Mauricio Pochettino criticised for not using Lionel Messi properly at PSG

Arjun Singh Devgan
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Paris Saint-Germain ultras are reportedly unhappy with the way club manager, Mauricio Pochettino has been using record seven-time Ballon d'Or award winner, Lionel Messi on the pitch following his move from Barcelona last summer.

Messi has not had the best of starts at PSG in his debut season with the Mirroe reporting that the all is not well in the French capital and PSG’s ultras voiced their unhappiness with performances in Friday night’s match.

Pochettino has now come under criticism for how he has handled Messi, who has found the net just twice in 15 domestic matches for Les Parisiens.

Well-known Canal+ analyst Pierre Menes had voiced his concern on how the PSG boss has handled the positioning of the superstar attacker in the clash against Rennes.

Menes has claimed: "I thought that Pochettino understood after the match against Lille that Messi was better in a more advanced position. But no, not at all.

"He made him play again in a leading position, sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left, sometimes in the middle...essentially, in a position where he clearly no longer has the physicality to dominate the game. At his age and with his talent in front of goal, he would be much more useful to PSG."

"But hey, I'm not the PSG coach."

Despite the criticism aimed at the 34-year-old, he has still managed to score seven goals in 20 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants in all competitions.