Thierry Henry: Messi is isolated at PSG

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Lionel Messi’s former teammate Thierry Henry feels Paris Saint-Germain could be getting more from the ex-Barcelona man.

The Argentine is still adapting to Ligue 1, having scored no goals in four domestic appearances so far this season, with some critical of Messi’s output in the French top flight.

“He [Messi] is isolated, he is on the ball less,” Henry told RMC Sport. “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 Mbappe, Neymar and Messi to play together.”

The former Arsenal striker continued to question Messi’s positioning under PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino.

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“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,” Henry continued.

“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.”

Henry, who played with Messi for three years at Barcelona from 2007-2010, claimed that the current PSG team belongs to Kylian Mbappe, but insisted the side should be looking more towards Messi than the French youngster.

“Messi doesn’t speak a lot, he speaks with the ball,” Henry said. “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.”

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