PARIS: The arrival of Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain makes the club now the most feared front line in the sport.
But the coach, Mauricio Pochettino is now under pressure to give glory on the field as wanted by the owner from Qatar.
It means winning the Champions League, the tournament that PSG went through to advance to the finals and halves in the last two seasons.
It also means taking back the French title after being snatched by Lille last season – how could a team that included Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe not win Ligue 1?
“We are not hiding that desire,” PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said when introducing Messi and when asked about the Champions League.
However he later told L’Equipe newspaper “it is not a responsibility”, even with the presence of a six -time Ballon d’Or winner along with a reported salary of 35 million euros a year.
“We have a great team, but we still haven’t won anything,” he said.
PSG won the league opener 2-1 at Troyes last week and will now await the arrival of Strasbourg early this Sunday morning with Messi expected to be introduced to the spectators.
The Argentine, who did not go through pre -season competition, will have to wait a while before his first appearance.
It is also uncertain whether Neymar will play after playing for Brazil in the Copa America.