On the eve of the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League between Barça and PSG (9 p.m., live on RMC Sport 1), the Catalans coach, Ronald Koeman, was questioned about the absence of Neymar, injured . The opportunity for the Dutch to claim the protection of artists like the Brazilian or Lionel Messi.
In Barcelona, not everyone is happy about Neymar’s absence. The PSG star is forfeited for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday evening at Camp Nou (at 9 p.m. live on RMC Sport1). Injured in the groin against Caen in the Coupe de France, the Parisian striker is out for four weeks and could also miss the return match on March 10. If this is not good news for the vice-champions of Europe, nor for the Brazilian who was awaiting his reunion with his former teammates, Ronald Koeman also had a little compassion for the Parisian on Monday at the conference of hurry.
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“Football remains a contact sport”
“I believe in always protecting this kind of players like Neymar, Messi or Ronaldo because they have given us a lot of their talent, said the coach of Barça on the eve of the shock. From this point of view. the referees have to defend them but in football there is contact and the players know it. Football remains a contact sport. “
And Koeman continued about the absentees on the Parisian side: “For any team, it is important that everyone is available. Neymar and Di María represent a significant loss for Paris as for us with Ansu Fati, Coutinho, Araujo or Sergi Roberto “You have to live with these problems and have other players prepared. I’m not afraid because we trust our players,” concluded the former Netherlands manager.