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PSG director Leonardo not concerned by Lionel Messi's sluggish form for the club

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi is yet to open his account for PSG in the Ligue 1
Lionel Messi is yet to open his account for PSG in the Ligue 1 / John Berry/GettyImages
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Paris Saint-Germain's sporting director, Leonardo has opened up on Lionel Messi's early run at the club, amid concerns that the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner is struggling for form at the French capital.

Messi is yet to replicate the form he displayed at Barcelona for his new club as he has failed to open his account in the Ligue 1, with the striker scoring zero goals in five appearances in the league so far.

Leonardo for his part is not too concerned with Messi’s early sluggish run at the club, reiterating the confidence that the management has in the players ability to turn around his form in the ongoing campaign.

“Messi arrived and, with these stories of international break, spent his first two months more in the national team than in Paris. When you travel so much, it is logical that there is a muscle discomfort. It’s the same for Neymar, who played a great game tonight. He had the sense of sacrifice, of desire. It’s the same with Di Maria and tonight they were decisive. We are not talking about Danilo who is doing an incredible game," he told L'Equipe.

“I’m not worried because I see what happens every day. We want to pretend that we don’t know anything, that we learn things like this, that they are partying right and left. But it’s not the truth, we know everything that’s going on. If the players do something wrong, we talk to them. And that’s the way it’s always been.”

The 33-year-old though has been brilliant for the club in the Champions League, scoring three goals so far in the group stage and it remains to be seen whether the Argentinian will take part in the team’s upcoming Champions League return group stage match against Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

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