Once again injured before an important PSG match, Neymar was criticized in the press for an alleged poor lifestyle. But his coach Mauricio Pochettino firmly defended him this Friday, preferring to denounce an overloaded schedule.
The seasons follow and resemble each other. As in 2018, as in 2019, Neymar will miss next week a crucial meeting for PSG on the European scene: the knockout stages of the Champions League in Barcelona. The Brazilian, affected in the left adductor, could also miss the return.
A repetition of absences which has earned observers in recent days to question the lifestyle of the 29-year-old player. Party animal assumed, does Neymar really put all the chances on his side to avoid physical problems? Asked about the subject this Friday at a press conference, Parisian coach Mauricio Pochettino defended his striker.
“We’ve been here barely 40 days and we’ve already played 9 games”
“Neymar is not the only one to be injured. Di Maria is injured too, like other players, and not only in Paris, recalled the technician. Let’s stop targeting the players individually, to focus on a single player, you have to think about the accumulation of matches. “
And the Argentine to point the calendar: “We have been here barely 40 days and we have already played 9 games, he points out. This accumulation is due to the Covid-19, but the calendar does not help the recovery physical. I say this for PSG but also for all the other teams. When you observe the increase in the number of injuries, it is directly linked to the accumulation of matches. It runs this kind of risk. Neymar is a great professional, a very humble boy, very involved in the club. We know him, we can say that he is a professional with enormous talent. “
“Someone very professional”
What about articles and testimonials saying the opposite? “Neymar is one of the three or five best players in the world, continued Pochettino, a bit annoyed. He is a very professional person, who shows every day a very important commitment to the club. After 40 days here. , we have the chance to know him and to see his human and professional qualities. Sometimes it’s good to listen to what the coaches say about their players at a press conference … “
The coach was also questioned about a possible return of the Ney to Brazil during his convalescence. “We haven’t talked about anything about it, we are focused on finding a strategy so that he can come back as quickly as possible,” Pochettino said first. Before being clearer on a raise. “The strategy of the medical sector, for Neymar like Di Maria, is the same. A return to Brazil was not considered by the club, nor by the player, nor by anyone, he assures. guesses. “