According to Michel Platini, Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappe possess the capability to perform together, and PSG’s departure from the Champions League was due to misfortune.
There have been doubts raised about the capacity of a high-profile squad at Parc des Princes to cooperate as a group and strive towards shared objectives, rather than standing out as individuals, following another setback in the 2022-23 season at the hands of Bayern Munich.
Michel Platini, a former French footballer and ex-president of UEFA, claims that Paris Saint-Germain’s disappointments in European tournaments are simply part of the sport, and no accusations can be made towards the formidable attacking trio.
Messi, Mbappe and Neymar are expceptional
“Of course Messi, Neymar and Mbappe can play together,” the three-time Ballon d’Or winner said. “I would prefer there to be one in Paris, one in Marseille and the other in Lyon. Like it was with Ronaldo-Messi and it’s a fight, but they are all in the same club. They are exceptional, they play well. It’s wonderful to see Paris Saint-Germain play.
“After you play a European Cup match, you play against Real, which is a very, very big player in Europe and it goes badly, you play Bayern, which is a very, very big player in Europe and it goes badly – that’s how it is, that’s football. Even in Barcelona, Neymar and Messi have not won the European Cup every year.”
The French legend also supported Paris Saint-Germain coach Christophe Gaultier. He added: “Galtier is a very good coach, he has had results everywhere he has been,” Platini said during a recent appearance on RMC Sport’s “Rothen s’enflamme” program. “I think he is respected by the players even if I am not in the dressing room. Anyway, the players always respect the coaches. … When PSG takes Messi, Neymar, and Mbappe, it is not to teach them to play.
“No coach teaches his footballers how to play. Let’s stop giving a lot of importance to the coach and putting all the responsibility on him when he loses. This is often the case. The coach is blamed because a player missed a goal.”