Mathieu Warnier, Media365, published on Sunday January 22, 2023 at 4:25 p.m.
On the eve of his trip to Lens to face Pays de Cassel in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, PSG confirmed that Lionel Messi will not take part in the meeting.
Christophe Galtier had not said everything. This Saturday, during a press conference 48 hours before the PSG match against Pays de Cassel in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France, the coach of the capital club had confided that he wanted to line up “the best possible team “against the resident Regional 1, the sixth national level. “The weeks are very airy, since we want to find rhythm, automatisms, there is no reason, it would be stupid to make a certain turnover, had added the Parisian technician in front of the press. We will have a team close to the one that would have been aligned in L1. “However, the confirmation this Sunday by PSG of the group which will make the trip to Pas-de-Calais to conclude the 16th finals of the Coupe de France reveals a significant absentee: Lionel Messi. Indeed, the very recent world champion with Argentina does not appear in the list of 21 players selected by Christophe Galtier.
Mbappé and Neymar at the rendezvous
After having played all the matches against Angers and Rennes then an hour against the Riyadh Season Team this Thursday in Saudi Arabia, the Parisian number 30 will be put to rest by his coach. A choice that resembles that made twelve months earlier by Mauricio Pochettino, who had also done without the services of the Argentinian during the first two matches of PSG in the Coupe de France. For Kylian Mbappé and Neymar, there will be no rest to face Pays de Cassel. The Franco-Brazilian duo who could be established in attack alongside Hugo Ekitike, scorer four times since the resumption of the season at the end of December. While Achraf Hakimi will be on the move despite his resumption of training this Sunday, linked to an extended stay in the Arabian Peninsula, Gianluigi Donnarumma will not be on the scoresheet with Keylor Navas who will start on Monday. Nuno Mendes, who returned to competition playing half an hour in Saudi Arabia, is also in the squad.