If PSG qualified for the final of the Coupe de France after beating Montpellier (2-2, 5 tab to 5) Wednesday evening in the semi-final at La Mosson, its star, Neymar, started the match on the substitutes bench before entering at the end of the game. His coach Mauricio Pochettino explained why after the match.
Paris Saint-Germain was hot. In Montpellier, the Parisians had to wait for the penalty shootout to get their ticket to the Coupe de France final. Victorious 6 shots on goal to 5, Mauricio Pochettino’s players had struggled during regulation time, the Héraultais snatching the draw 2-2. On the Parisian side, if Kylian Mbappé once again lived up to his status with a new double, the world champion was evolving without his accomplice Neymar.
“He had a little fever”
The Brazilian was indeed a substitute at the kick-off of this semi-final at La Mosson. “I left Neymar on the bench because he had a little fever, a cold, he was not in condition to start the match, explained Mauricio Pochettino after the qualification of Paris Saint-Germain. is one of the main reasons why he did not start the match. If we had led well he would not have come home, but at 2-2, when there were five minutes left and we could finish on penalties, I brought him in. Too bad he took a yellow card which will cost him a suspension. “
Warned for letting his crampons hang out on Savanier, the former Catalan, on probation after his expulsion against Lille, will have to serve a suspension match. Will it be for the final of the Coupe de France next Wednesday? Everything will depend on the date of the disciplinary committee meeting. The other semi-final will oppose AS Monaco this Thursday evening against the formation of N2 Rumilly Vallières.