• Lionel Messi is in doubt after his performance against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

  • Before welcoming PSG, the FC Nantes coach felt that these criticisms of the player were unjustified.

“We are not touching Messi.

The sentence is strong, the tone clear.

Before receiving PSG on Saturday at 9 p.m., Antoine Kombouaré returned to the performances of Lionel Messi, criticized after his more than average match against Real Madrid (1-0) last Tuesday in the Champions League.

Asked about this and about the current form of "la Pulga", the FC Nantes coach was full of praise for the player, who arrived at PSG last summer.

Supporters and the media too hard on Leo Messi?

The Nantes technician cuts short: “You are talking to an unconditional.

Messi, we don't touch.

I will never criticize Messi.

After Sergio Agüero, it's Antoine Kombouaré's turn to defend the former Barcelona player.

"The criticism of Messi is very harsh"

If he recognizes that he is "no longer the Messi of Barça", the Nantes coach expressed his unfailing admiration for the sevenfold Ballon d'Or.

“I love the player.

I find all criticism of Messi very harsh.

He's no longer someone who has the backbone, capable of scoring 50 goals per season… But it's Messi.

We don't touch Messi, we don't criticize Messi.

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The PSG player had also scored his first goal in Ligue 1 against FC Nantes last November.

Since then, the player's statistics have stagnated: only two goals in the league.

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