PSG: Pochettino wanted to replace Neymar before his injury

Mauricio Pochettino had noticed Neymar’s annoyance at the treatment of Caen players before his injury and had planned to replace him on Wednesday. The PSG coach defends his player’s game and will not oppose his spending his convalescence in Brazil.

As he has become accustomed to since his signing in Paris, Mauricio Pochettino spoke in the Spanish media on Thursday. The PSG coach spoke on two radio stations, Rac1 and Onda Cero. In the program “El Transistor”, he returned at length to the package of Neymar for the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League on the ground of FC Barcelona due to an injury to the left adductor, contracted Wednesday at Caen. The technician assures that he was considering replacing his star just before his injury because of the preferential treatment received during this 32nd round of the Coupe de France (0-1).

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“Mbappé was warming up and we made the decision to replace Neymar because we noticed that he was irritated because of the faults he suffered,” said the former manager of Tottenham. Neymar was finally injured before being replaced in the 59th minute of play.

Pochettino also defended the game of the Brazilian described as provocative by Pascal Dupraz, coach of Caen. “Neymar is not provocative but he loves football and he plays it like that on Saturdays and Sundays but also during training. He is a courageous player who likes to touch the ball.”

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Pochettino open for convalescence in Brazil

According to Pochettino, Neymar is “touched” and “sad” to be forfeited for the first round of the shock against Barça, his former team he “loves”. He finally opened the door to his star’s departure for Brazil to continue his convalescence there.

“I don’t know if Neymar will ask to go to Brazil during the injury, it will depend on the medical part, he said. Concessions to the players, who change air, are sometimes necessary and they recover more quickly . “

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Relaunched on Neymar’s trips to Brazil and the player’s extrasport life, the technician wanted to put things in perspective. “Neymar and any other player must have two clear aspects in the management, the human part and the professional part, he explains. In the human part, you must have a sacred balance and in the professional the decisions are decisions. “

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Injured Wednesday, Neymar suffers from a lesion of the long left adductor, announced the PSG, Thursday. His unavailability will be “about 4 weeks depending on the progress,” said the club making him unavailable for the shock at Camp Nou, and uncertain for the return to the Parc des Princes on March 10.

Nicolas Couet RMC Sport journalist

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