Neymar's birthday an unwelcome distraction for PSG

Neymar's birthday an unwelcome distraction for PSG

Neymar's birthday an unwelcome distraction for PSG

But Neymar will not be involved after PSG left him out of their 19-man squad, citing a rib cartilage injury that was confirmed after tests were carried out on Monday. "No, clearly not", Tuchel told a news conference ahead of the clash with Nantes.

"Is it the best way to prepare for a match?" It is Neymar's night, it is a distraction, that is clear and I will always protect my players because they are mine and because I like them a lot but I prefer to speak internally about such things.

The German coach also said it was his choice to not attend the themed fete at the Yoyo club in Paris.

Neymar can be heard telling Verratti: 'I play football and he shows me a yellow card. That was my choice.

Mbappe netted his 36th goal at the Parc des Princes in 34 matches in the 57th minute with a cool finish after being played through by Neymar.

"There is no crisis", he said.

"There is no crisis, I don't think he will take advantage of this situation to leave the club", Tuchel explained to the press.

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (L) jokes with Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian MBappe prior to the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Montpellier Herault SC at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on February 1, 2020. You have to handle players as part of a strong team, not a divided one.

"I decided that the result was closed and I had the possibility to take Kylian and Sarabia off and give Mauro [Icardi] and Edinson [Cavani] a few minutes, and they deserved it".

Asked if he thought his public clash with Mbappe during the 21-year-old's substitution against Montpellier could lead to a summer exit, Tuchel rejected the idea.

Di Maria told Canal Plus: 'It is very hard, nobody wanted to go off, everyone wants to play, that's normal. "But what I said will remain in the dressing room", added Tuchel, speaking before PSG return to league action on Tuesday away to Nantes.

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