Consultant for RMC Sport, Jérôme Rothen criticized Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, lamenting that they did not have the right frame of mind during PSG’s 2-1 defeat against Manchester City in the semi-final first leg of the Ligue des champions.
Did Neymar and Kylian Mbappé fail mentally? In Champions Zone on RMC Sport 1, our consultant Jérôme Rothen felt that the two attackers had a significant share of responsibility in the 2-1 defeat of PSG against Manchester City. “The state of mind of some in the second period is not worthy of a semi-final of the Champions League,” lambasted the former French international.
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“When I see a long ball in the Manchester City camp in the 55th minute, and these two players take three minutes to replace themselves, if only at the center circle, it is not normal, he said. He also let go. The physical effort, do not tell me that Neymar and Mbappé, even Verratti, are not able to do 60-70 minutes of a very good physical level. Or that they do something else, another sport.”
“If players don’t give a damn about collecting the ball …”
“They are capable of it, so it’s just the mental,” said the former left midfielder of PSG. Of course it’s hard to play against City. I imagine myself in the middle of the Parisian players, seeing the ball to pass from right to left, one, two, ten or twenty times. Of course that is boring. Mentally, you take a blow in the back of the head. But if players do not care about the recovery of the ball and they bow their heads, without making enough effort … “
To conclude, Jérôme Rothen estimated that the two stars had nevertheless done the work in this area in the quarter-finals: “Why did PSG eliminate Bayern Munich? Remember the efforts of Neymar and Mbappé on the sides. We do not ‘ didn’t see that today “.