Neymar played the entire meeting of PSG against RC Lens this Saturday (2-1), but his coach assumes and justifies his choice by the fact that the Brazilian, long injured, needs to continue. Even three days before the Champions League semi-final return against Manchester City.
Four days before a Champions League semi-final return against Manchester City (9 p.m. Tuesday on RMC Sport) where Paris-Saint-Germain will need a feat to pass, one could have imagined that Mauricio Pochettino wishes to preserve Neymar by taking it out as soon as possible.
The scenario of the match against Lens this Saturday (2-1) did not allow it, but the Argentine coach assured that blowing the Brazilian was not a priority. “He is a player who has been injured for a long time and needs minutes to play. He is a player who recovers quickly, and there is time to recover until Tuesday,” Pochettino explained at a press conference. .
Substituted in additional time
Against Lens, Neymar opened the scoring, proof that it is essential for PSG, especially in the absence of Kylian Mbappé, in the stands. But the Brazilian then stayed on the pitch until added time, where he was replaced by his compatriot Rafinha. “There is always a risk of taking a hit but in football, the risk is the same in the first minute, the 45th or the 90th, justified Pochettino. I think he needs minutes on the pitch. to be at his best. “
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