Nicolas Anelka blasts Mauricio Pochettino over PSG tactics and Lionel Messi role
Nicolas Anelka has claimed Lionel Messi 's presence in the Paris Saint-Germain starting XI hinders how they naturally want to set-up under boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Frenchman's comments came after the Ligue 1 titans were beaten 2-1 away at Manchester City, despite Kylian Mbappe putting the Parisians in front early on in the second-half.
Though there were a number of poor performers on the night for PSG, it was Messi in Anelka's line of fire after the game as the Argentine failed to stamp his authority on the contest at the Etihad.
Pochettino opted to deploy the famous front three of Neymar, Mbappe and Messi for just the seventh time since the latter made the switch after 21 years in Barcelona.
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