Barcelona vs PSG: Joe Cole blasts Messi, warns Guardiola over signing Argentine
Former Chelsea midfielder, Joe Cole has slammed Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi, following the Blaugrana’s Champions League last 16, first-leg, 4-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night at Camp Nou.
He also warned Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, over signing Messi.
Cole believes Messi was not “emotionally engaged” and was “disinterested” during Barcelona’s tie with PSG, adding that it would be a “gamble” for Guardiola to sign him if he continues to play like that.
Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a first-leg advantage over Barcelona ahead of the second leg next month.
Speaking after the game, Cole told BT Sport: “Disinterested is the word. They (Barcelona) had no power, no togetherness.
“Messi looked disinterested. It’s really hard for any ex-player to criticise him because he’s a genius and the greatest player I have seen play football, but tonight he didn’t look like he was emotionally engaged in…