The newspaper L’Equipe explains cases of indiscipline and strong rivalries in the team of Messi and Neymar
Assembling an enviable collection of galactics carries its risks. One of the best known is the difficult management of the locker room. With the Messi’s signings, Achraf, Donnarumma and Sergio Ramos —With many physical problems, let it be said—, the Paris Saint-Germain got one of the best squads in the world. But it also brought together in the same team an excess of abundance of egos and wayward players (or with ball-playing environments). And that is already taking its toll.
This is how the newspaper warns The team in a extensive report, published this Tuesday. According to the main French newspaper, Messi and Neymar are inseparable in their reunion in the French capital. But this communion has favored a logic of clans in the PSG dressing room: on the one hand, that of Latin Americans and, on the other, that of Francophones, of which it is part Mbappé. The latter seem to be with the fly behind the ear before the revelries of their Argentine and Brazilian colleagues and the let it go from Mauricio Pochettino.
The report, signed by journalists Damien Degorre and Arnaud Hermant, explains that Messi, after winning his seventh Ballon d’Or, organized a party at a venue in the 8th district of Paris, which was attended by several of his teammates. The day after the Argentine star nor his compatriot Leandro Paredes did not train due to a few “symptoms of gastroenteritis & rdquor;.
A similar situation had already occurred a few weeks earlier when “two players South Americans (of different nationalities) showed up at the Camp des Loges (sports city) still very tired after their night and decided not to train, without even waiting for the authorization of the technical team & rdquor ;.
“Paris gives a justified impression of a kingdom of stars& rdquor ;, assures The team. Some players begin to despair at these episodes of indiscipline and the fact that “Pochettino or Leonardo are not tightening the nuts anymore & rdquor ;. Not only have they annoyed the nightly revelries of some players, but also the three days of partying they gave to Mauro Icardi to solve their emotional problems with his wife-representative Wanda Nara.
It also generates internal turbulence the strong rivalry between Keylor Navas and Donarumma —Two of the best goalkeepers in the world— who alternate in goal once every two or three games. “Even Sergio Ramos was surprised, after his arrival, that meals at the training center were not compulsory,” he points out.
Mbappé does not feel comfortable
This deified and undisciplined wardrobe does not excite the crack with the future of the capital team: Kylian Mbappé. “These past months are not the management’s best ally to convince Mbappé to extend his Parisian adventure & rdquor ;, he assures The team, about a French scorer who does not feel comfortable with what he experienced “behind the scenes & rdquor; and whose contract expires on June 30.
Self-management. Lack of order. A club of friends with almighty stars. These evils are well known by the Catalans as they are one of the reasons for the decline of Barça de Rijkaard (between 2006 and 2008) or the humiliating defeats in Europe of Valverde and Setién. This dangerous dynamic now threatens PSG. Despite this, its start to the season is being almost immaculate in terms of results His game raises more questions. The parisian team leads Ligue 1 with a 13-point difference compared to Olympique de Marseille, second classified. And his future in the Champions League will be played against Real Madrid in the round of 16.
If the ball ends up entering, everything will be an anecdote. But if he does not do it, the farmer Pochettino will have to appease a good corral, if he is lucky enough that the Qatari executives do not cut off his head first.