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PSG Coach Slammed For Treating Messi Differently

Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has been criticised for treating Lionel Messi differently after his surprise substitution on Sunday. 

Read: PSG Release Messi Update After Sub Drama

Messi's Parc de Princes debut on Sunday evening did not go as planned despite the team securing a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyon.

The Argentine wanted to see out the entire game despite carrying a knock but was replaced with 15 minutes to go, but former PSG star Jerome Rothen says Pochettino always leaves Neymar and Kylian Mbappe on the pitch.

"There was a total misunderstanding. We saw it, Lionel Messi wanted to stay on the pitch. Pochettino made his decision in his heart and conscience," he told RMC Sport.

"Where I find it completely inappropriate on the part of Pochettino, it's that he's never been like that with the other stars of the team.

"Since he arrived, whether it was Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe, he always left them on the pitch, even when they were bad.

"He has always protected them unlike other players like [Angel] Di Maria, [Leandro] Paredes, [Mauro] Icardi.

"Then, Lionel Messi arrives, in terms of status and aura, Messi is much superior to Neymar and Mbappe."

Did you see the heated exchange between Pochettino and Messi? Take a look below!

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