Disappointed with Neymar’s performance on Tuesday night at Manchester City-PSG (2-0), in the Champions League semi-final second leg, Jérôme Rothen believes that the Brazilian must bring more to the capital club. And that leaders need to let him know when he’s not good.
He was not the worst Parisian on the pitch (Mauro Icardi and Alessandro Florenzi fought for this status), but that’s not why he had a good match. Expected by many Tuesday night during Manchester City-PSG (2-0) in the absence of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar unfortunately did not live up to expectations. The Brazilian did run, yes, but he often played alone, made the wrong choices a few times, and just wasn’t the attacking leader he needed to be. What disappointed Jérôme Rothen.
“He tried, but with the status he has, and the new contract that we are going to give him, you expect a lot more from him, launched the consultant RMC Sport in the After Foot. Neymar (on this match ), it is insufficient. Insufficient in his investment, even if he has run and tried, but especially in the technical realization. When he is at his best level there are very few equivalents. When he plays simple, and that he is able to dribble anyone in the last 30 meters, he is very good. The problem is that in this match, where we expect him, that’s where he has to make the differences and maybe make a better non-existent Icardi. He has to invent passes. “
“There are things that are repeated, and this is not a good sign for Paris Saint-Germain”
As do other artists. “A very great player, that’s it, it’s the guy who manages to invent passes that you can not read. Style De Bruyne. But Neymar, as soon as he takes the ball, you know that ‘He’s going to go into the percussion, try to dribble two or three guys. So sometimes it goes, but sometimes he loses the ball, and the problem is that when he loses the ball, he gets angry. there is the frustration of the result, so he comes out of his game completely, and he just wants to ridicule his opponents by giving them little bridges… “
And Rothen to send a message to the management of PSG: “Your star, that you are going to extend for four years, if you are not able to reframe it after a match like that … You have to tell him: ‘You want to stay with us? So you have to put in more effort and put the players around you in the spotlight. ‘Is he going to get there? I don’t think so, because the evil is deep and the leaders are going always in his direction. There are things that are repeated, and this is not a good sign for Paris Saint-Germain. “