Lucas Paqueta had given the visiting crew the lead after 54 minutes, earlier than Neymar equalized from the penalty spot simply over 10 minutes later.
Nevertheless, the sport’s major speaking level got here when Pochettino opted to interchange Messi with proper again Achraf Hakimi with quarter-hour of the match nonetheless remaining, seemingly to the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s chagrin.
Pochettino and Messi did not shake palms and the pair had a short change as Messi made his strategy to the bench.
PSG went on to win the Ligue 1 conflict due to a Mauro Icardi header from Kylian Mbappé’s cross in stoppage time and Pochettino defended his choice to interchange Messi.
“I feel everyone knows we now have nice gamers on this 35-man squad,” Pochettino advised reporters. “Solely 11 can play, we won’t play extra. The selections within the sport are made for the nice of the crew and every participant.
“Each coach thinks about that. Generally it really works, typically it would not. Generally gamers prefer it and typically they do not. On the finish of the day, that is why we’re right here.
“These are selections that need to be made by the coach. As for his response, I requested him how he was, he stated he was okay. That was it. That was our change.”
Messi appeared energetic at occasions throughout the match — hitting the woodwork with a free kick and bringing a sensible save out of Anthony Lopes — however PSG’s marquee signing nonetheless appeared removed from being the participant followers had turn out to be used to seeing at Barcelona.
The fearsome entrance three of Messi, Neymar and Mbappé will little question want extra time to gel, however Sunday’s sport offered glimpses of the risk they may turn out to be.