Neymar has displayed his dissatisfaction with Micthel Bakker on several occasions on Wednesday in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League between PSG and Manchester City (1-2). A behavior castigated by Jérôme Rothen.
It was the chef’s surprise. Mauricio Pochettino had decided to start Mitchel Bakker in the left lane of the defense for the semi-final first leg of the Champions League between PSG and Manchester City (1-2) on Wednesday. The coach justified his choice because of the Dutchman’s better form compared to that of Abdou Diallo, while defending his convincing performances against Bayern in the quarter-finals. A choice that paid off in the first period, less in the second where Bakker suffered against the onslaught of Riyad Mahrez.
“It is unacceptable”
To the point of exasperating his own camp and in particular Neymar who has criticized him on several occasions. An attitude condemned by Jérôme Rothen, member of the Dream Team RMC Sport.
“Neymar is insufficient in the game but also in terms of the state of mind, regretted the former PSG midfielder. At one point, he attacked Bakker on the left side because that he gave him a bad ball. Neymar as he is – he’s nice, he’s a genius, OK, I’m the first to say it – but when he’s in this summer of spirit, what ” he loses every other ball, that he does not make efforts for the collective, and that he attacks a young player who may have had his best first half since he arrived at PSG, it is unacceptable. “
“Marquinhos and Kimpembe are the guarantors of that, have to take it and say to him: ‘shut up, you put Bakker in confidence, you make an effort and you do not watch the guys running in the middle of the field.’ They ran so much. that Gueye put on an incredible cleat even though he’s not a bad player. He had fog in front of his eyes. Neymar watched the others make efforts. I hope Leonardo or Pochettino will be able to reframe him on his attitude. The jostling him and putting him back in the collective, maybe that’s what will allow PSG to qualify for the final. “
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Like the rest of the team, Neymar plunged in the second half after signing an attractive start. But the Brazilian’s game got out of hand in the face of Mancunian ball possession, to the point of sinking into annoyance and collecting a yellow card. At the end of the meeting, he called for mobilization for the return match.