Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's attacking trident played a total of 127 minutes together at Paris Saint-Germain, but Mauricio Pochettino continues to be asked how he will make the three attackers work.
The two matches in which they participated ended in a 1-1 draw against Club Brugge and a 2-1 victory over Lyon, although the latter result was considered controversial as Messi was late retired with a score from 1-1. We need time to work and for the three newcomers to understand each other and play well, Pochettino said after the draw against Club Brugge. The problem was not the three forwards, but the fact that we had to be much stronger in all areas. I am happy with the defensive work of the forwards. I saw some good things. Before PSG's game in Metz on Wednesday night, Pochettino provided an update on the MNM trident. We need to create these automatic movements over time and with training.
We need to come together not only to train, but also to play, Pochettino explained. It is true that against Lyon we went from playing 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 formation. There are issues of position, complicity and organization of the game to which it takes time to adjust. We are at a point where we have to combine the talent of Kylian Mbappé, for example, with the relationship between Messi and Ángel Di María or Messi and Neymar, who already know each other. But we are very happy with how we are progressing with the improvements shown in the game against Lyon. However, one player who will not play against Metz is Messi, who has a left knee injury.
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