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Former PSG manager Vahid Halilhodzic -“He carries the ball less at Barcelona,”. Galtier has “smartened” Messi.

Vahid Halilhodzic, the former coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), talked about how Lionel Messi played under Christophe Galtier. He said that he now thinks the Argentine is “smarter.”

Vahid Halilhodzic

Lionel Messi had trouble getting going in his first season in Paris with Mauricio Pochettino as his coach. During the 2021-22 season, the former Barcelona player scored 11 goals in 34 games, but only six of them came in Ligue 1. (26 appearances).

This season, under new coach Galtier, Lionel Messi has looked a lot more comfortable, and Vahid Halilhodzic thinks it’s because of his new position. In an interview with the French newspaper L’Equipe (via PSGTalk), he praised Galtier’s strategies, saying:

“Neymar plays higher and asks Messi to give him balls at the same depth. In number 10, in the simple game and the intervals, the Argentine gives a recital.”
“He is also smarter than me. When he was in Barcelona, he carried the ball less. Messi is a football school. In this spot, he’s more concerned with helping Neymar and Mbappé than with scoring goals and winning the Ballon d’Or. This is something new I saw last night.”

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Lionel Messi

This season, Lionel Messi, who is 35, has scored four goals in four games for PSG. Three of those goals have come in Ligue 1 in the same number of games. In his most recent Ligue 1 game, on Sunday night, he scored a goal and set up another one to help Paris beat Lille 7-1. (August 21).

Halilhodzic thinks that Paris Saint-Germain will finally win the Champions League this year.
Even though Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe were all on PSG’s team, they didn’t do well in the Champions League. Real Madrid beat them 3-2 on aggregate to knock them out in the round of 16.

This season, Paris Saint-Germain wants to win their first Champions League title. Halilhodzic thinks they can do it because they have the best team in Europe. The former coach of Paris said, “The team is by far the best in the world.” “After that, it’s also about how well the players get along with each other. They need to work on a project together so that everyone can put their egos aside and stay on the same level and in the same spirit.

“If that’s the case, I don’t see any team that could stop him from making his dream come true. Between now and April or May, a lot can happen. But he has a great start to the season.”

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