The former coach of the Argentine team works at the head of Olympique de Marseille, one of the candidates to win the contest.
Lionel Messi will not continue at Barcelona. After being released at the end of the 2020/21 season, the striker was unable to renew his bond because the club is exceeding the salary cap that governs in La Liga, and
So we have to find a new club. At the moment, all roads lead to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), and if it is signed, the striker will meet an old acquaintance.
Former Argentina national team coach Jorge Sampaoli is in charge of the Olympique de Marseille, one of the most powerful clubs in the Ligue 1.
And this Sunday, after the 3-2 victory against Montpellier for the first date of the tournament, the technician was consulted about the possible arrival of La Pulga in France.
Even if (Messi) is going to a club other than Olympique Marseille, it will be great for League 1. He will be the best player in the world in our championship; it will make League 1 very good.
All eyes of the whole world would be on the championship. So if Leo arrives, we hope that he is happy, that he enjoys this different championship. For us, that would be additional motivation, "he said at a press conference.
Sampaoli, who stood out at the helm of the Chilean team by winning the 2011 Copa América, was announced as Argentina's new coach in 2017 when the Albiceleste were struggling to qualify for Russia 2018. Despite the expectation for his inauguration, the team could not find a good level under his command and suffered during the Qualifiers draws against Venezuela and Peru in local conditions. However, he got a ticket to the World Cup on the last day thanks to a hat-trick by Messi against Ecuador.
In the World Cup, the coach was immersed in a series of conflicts both with his coaching staff and with the team's referents that impacted the game of the selected team that started with a draw against Iceland, followed with a defeat by a landslide against Croatia and finally beat Nigeria in an unbearable way to reach the second round, where they were eliminated 4-3 by France.
After the tournament, Sampaoli was sent off and will not see Messi again.
If Leo is signed with PSG, the player and coach will face off on October 24 for the 11th date of the French league.
Marseille, undefeated in the preseason, maintains their good moment with an exciting victory. Not even being 2-0 down in the first half changed the good game of the Marseillais.
He won his prize with two goals from Payet, which sealed the return by joining the goal scored by Turkey's Cengiz Under.
We have to continue with the idea of representing Marseille. Of course, it's good to win in Montpellier, a very difficult court (...). Still, I prefer the form rather than the result," Sampaoli told the press.
In addition, he highlighted the development of the league that Messi could reach: French football has grown exponentially in recent years. We also saw the excellence of the French team in the Olympics.
On his part, PSG made their first start to the tournament with a victory and a goal. Mauricio Pochettino's side won 2-1 against the recently developed Troy for the first day of League 1. In one fight, he played without Sergio Ramos, Neymar, and Di Maria.