Bayern-PSG: Pochettino defends Neymar, "he didn’t deserve the red card"

Neymar should not have been sent off against Lille, according to his coach Mauricio Pochettino, who defended, like Marquinhos, the behavior of the Brazilian star on the pitch.

In the spirit of Mauricio Pochettino, the tenure of Neymar against Lille (0-1), in Ligue 1, responded to the need for the Brazilian to find legs and sensations, he who is experiencing a new season chopped by injuries in Paris. And it was not far from being catastrophic from start to finish, the Brazilian’s poor performance even taking a back seat following his deserved exclusion at the end of the match, following several moods.

Back as the holder after two months of absence, Neymar was overtaken by his emotions, as too often when he misses his match. “He started playing again after six weeks, he was very excited to play and of course he’s a very emotional player, he loves to play, he loves to fight. He’s a great competitor, he didn’t deserve the card. red. He was expelled for other reasons, “said Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday.

Pochettino: “He knows how to handle this”

“Ney, I’ve known him for years, we know he’s a very competitive player. If you look at the action he received a foul, he came to get the ball, he put a lot of commitment …” , had defended Marquinhos a few moments earlier, on the eve of the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League (Wednesday at 9 p.m., exclusively on RMC Sport 1), which PSG will play on the field of Bayern Munich. A shock for which the Brazilian will be asked to find a little cool.

Especially since the dispute with Tiago Djalo, expelled at the same time as him, in the wake of their collision on the ground, was not limited to the only green rectangle of the lawn. On the contrary, it continued in the corridor leading to the locker room, Neymar, boiling, displaying an increasingly threatening behavior against his opponent.

“He knows how to manage this, held to play down Pochettino, in a press conference. I hope that tomorrow (Tuesday) everything will be fine and that we can have a very good match in the quarterfinals, because we have to be very consistent and solid in our performance, and I hope the whole team can show the performance we want. “

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