As a Ligue 1 pundit for Prime Video, former striker Thierry Henry has analysed the difficulty his former teammate Lionel Messi is having in making an impact with Paris Saint-Germain in the league so far.
His words transcribed by RMC Sport, the Arsenal and France legend pointed out that placing the Argentine in the middle could be a solution, as PSG look to make an attack involving Mbappé, Messi and Neymar work. So far, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is goalless in the French league, after yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Marseille.
“He is isolated, he is on the ball less. I wouldn’t say he’s sad, but he’s isolated. I prefer him through the middle. I’m having trouble with Leo out on the right. In the middle, he can set the tempo. Something needs to be found in order to get Mbappé, Neymar and Messi to play together.”
“I don’t think he can make the difference on the right, but then I don’t have the exact details from the tactical standpoint. Obviously when you stay high up and you get out of the way, you won’t have an impact. Then you have fewer balls going towards him.”
“Messi doesn’t speak a lot, he speaks with the ball. For now, it’s Kylian’s team. Kylian is the one who’s making it shine most of all. The ball goes more towards him. At any single moment there can only be one conductor, otherwise you can’t play at the same tempo. And in this team, there are too many conductors.”