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PSG start season with 2-1 away win, await Messi’s signature

PSG started their Ligue 1 campaign with a 2-1 win at promoted Troyes while anticipating the arrival of Lionel Messi, who appears set to join the French giants. Messi is set to join Paris Saint Germain after Barcelona president J o a n L a p o r t a said the club had been forced to part ways with the player because of his high wages, coupled with strict La Liga financial rules.

Following the hard fought win over Troyes, PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino remained tight-lipped about signing Messi having said last Friday that his compatriot was “an option that was being evaluated”. Pochettino, “His name is associated with different clubs, there are plenty of rumours,” “We will see what happens in the coming days. The players have stayed focused. We did not start the game well and we gave away too many chances for my liking. “But we have to give Troyes credit for making it difficult for us, they showed a lot of energy.

We would have liked to win 5-0 but we’ll take what we achieved.” The speculation proved to be an unwelcome distraction for PSG early on at Troyes, who took a shock ninth-minute lead when Oualid El Hajjam beat visiting goalkeeper Kaylor Navas with a firm downward header after a Dylan Chambost corner. But the visitors, who relinquished the French league title to Lille last season, hit back with a quickfire double as new signing Achraf Hakimi levelled in the 19th minute before Mauro Icardi turned the tide in the 21st.

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