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Ander Herrera: PSG’s obsession to win UCL has hurt Messi

Ander Herrera suggests that Lionel Messi has borne the cost of Paris Saint-Germain’s relentless pursuit of winning the Champions League.

In 2021, Messi made the move to Parc des Princes from Barcelona and contributed to PSG securing a Ligue 1 title in his debut season.

While PSG is on the verge of retaining their league crown, the future of Messi at the club remains uncertain.

Despite Messi’s presence, PSG has been unable to make significant progress towards their ultimate objective of winning the Champions League. In May, Messi faced criticism from sections of the club’s fanbase after being suspended for an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia.

Herrera, who played alongside Messi last season, identifies PSG’s unwavering focus on European glory as the main issue.

“I was admiring Leo before [I knew] him, and after knowing him, I admire him even more as footballer and as a person,” he told Stats Perform.

“I understand that Paris is a place that [does] not have much patience. There is an obsession to win the Champions League that doesn’t help.

“I think that [they are] the only team in the world that, if [they] do not win the Champions League, it is a failure. All the rest can [have] good seasons without winning [it].

“In Paris, this patience and calm does not exist. You perceive that there is an obsession to win the Champions League, and at the end, who pays for it?

“[It is] the best ones [in] the team. They are the ones that receive the [criticism].”

Herrera backs former teammate De Gea

Herrera also weighed in on speculation over the future of his former Manchester United team-mate David De Gea, amid questions over the goalkeeper’s place at Old Trafford.

Despite receiving criticism for some errors this season, De Gea was able to secure the Golden Glove award once again for his exceptional performance in the Premier League.

At the end of the season, the Spaniard’s contract will expire, but there is an option for an additional year. Herrera strongly believes that it would be unwise for United to not retain his fellow countryman.

“Of course David should continue,” Herrera added. “He has the record [for most clean sheets] in the club’s history.

“He has been, four or five years, the best [in] the Premier League. A couple of mistakes won’t affect his performance and his wining mentality.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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