When Leonardo arrives in front of reporters after a match, it’s usually because he has messages to get across. The sporting director of PSG visibly struggles to endure the criticism against the team and its coach, Mauricio Pochettino, and made it clear this Friday evening in front of the press, after the victory snatched away © e at the end of the match against Lille (2-1). Because if the Argentinian technician can be satisfied on an accounting level, the implementation of his game is hardly convincing.
“There are people who want to dress up by talking about PSG, tackle Leonardo in front of the journalists by having promised to remain calm. It’s a bit of a personal promotion. A little respect. You can criticize, everyone in his role, saying that you don’t like it. But doing a personal promotion is a little less beautiful. That’s why we ask everyone to calm down a bit. “
And the leader to recall the balance sheet of the Parisians since the start of the season. “Today, even if we do not play as we want, we have ten wins, a draw, a defeat. Today we are ten points ahead of the Ligue 1. In the Champions League, we have seven points, two wins and a draw It’s a fact We don’t play the way we want to? Yes, okay We are on a path, we manage everything There has never been a lack of effort: this is the fourth time that we’ve won like this. Ok we were led, but in the end it’s 2-1. Characteristic of a team that wants. “
Beyond the Pochettino case, Leonardo regrets the treatment of the actions of PSG players, especially on social networks. Perhaps a reference, for example, to the recent drama around the couple Icardi, whom he does not name.
“We are more worried about Instagram, the photo, where they were … we talk more about that. It bothers. We accept the fact of not being what we want and still have a way . But you cannot speak of Messi, Mbappé, Neymar or the coach like that !, tackles the sporting director. Or of Ramos. Ramos, it is the Spanish press which is there and wants to say. . the Spanish press plays and you play the game of the Spanish press. But we knew everything, we know everything, we know what’s going on. ” What is happening is that the defender, who arrived free this summer, has still not played for Paris or had a training session with the group.
Released at halftime after his weekend muscle gene, Lionel Messi still has not scored in Ligue 1. “Messi has spent more time than selection than here. Neymar is same thing, he had a great game tonight, insists Leonardo as quoted by the team. They were decisive with Di Maria tonight. I’m not worried about a thing. doesn’t know anything about the players. That the players are all in the party. It doesn’t correspond to the truth; if the players do things wrong, we talk to them. “
With a special word about Neymar, who has himself responded to the criticisms he has been subjecting to in recent months: “Neymar is being unfairly criticized. Today he had a very great game. But if he’s a player who celebrates every day, he doesn’t play a game like that, it’s impossible. “
PSG: Pochettino, Ramos, Messi … the Leonardo show, which sets the record straight in front of the press