Mauricio Pochettino copped an angry reaction for Lionel Messi as he was hauled off on Sunday night but the decision might have been right one.
PSG were looking for a winner against Lyon and the Argentine coach opted to take off his compatriot and star man.
Messi turned down his handshake and gave him a stare that underlined his displeasure as Achraf Hakimi came on as his replacement.
Pochettino has played down the incident, but news from training suggests it was the correct call.
The change looks to have been made with Messi’s fitness in mind as he struggled with an issue just above his left knee, reports L’Equipe.
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The club will assess his medical condition on Tuesday with Messi already experiencing problems in that area whilst on Argentina duty last month.
PSG host Manchester City next week in the Champions League whilst they are looking to get off to a strong start domestically.
The Parisians surrendered their Ligue 1 title last term and need to justify their summer investment.
Pochettino, now in his first full year as boss, has played down his incident with Messi.
He said: said: “Everyone knows we have great players in the squad, we have 35 players.
“But we must make decisions for the good of the team. Sometimes they lead to a positive result and sometimes not.
“These are decisions we need to take. Sometimes it pleases people, or it doesn’t. I asked him how he was, and he said he was fine.”
His decisions were ultimately vindicated as Mauro Icardi, another substitute, headed home a stoppage time winner to beat Lyon.
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It leaves PSG clear at the top after their sixth straight win of the season.
Pochettino added: “It’s very positive for us [to have won six league games in six so far]. After the difficult game in Bruges, this was important for us.
“Lyon are a very good team that play well.
“We conceded that goal in the second half. The team needed to show some character. We’re in a period where we’re trying a lot of things.
“We have to work on it in training, but it’s difficult because we have a game every three days, and the priority is that the players recover. We can only do video sessions. It’s not an excuse, we need to improve.”
The visitors had taken the lead before Neymar equalised from the spot after he was scythed down by Malo Gusto, although Lyon’s president was left fuming by the decision.
Jean-Michel Aulas said: “We’re very proud of our players tonight. We managed to make this PSG team very uncomfortable. The penalty is an aberration. VAR should have intervened. It’s not a normal decision.”