A + emotional mix + out of control
The Parisians may still be lulled by the memory of their epic until the final of the Champions League in August. More than the one in Lens (1-0), the defeat against Marseille (1-0) on Sunday, his first in nine years against his rival, sounded the hour of awakening, painful. PSG showed their worst face during an electric meeting, concluded with 17 warnings and a general scuffle that earned them three red cards (Neymar, Laywin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes). “OM made Paris trip“, headlined in” one “the sports daily L’Equipe.”And the match turned into a street fight“said Le Parisien, criticizing a team”fallen into the trap of provocation “.
“We are a team with a lot of South Americans, a team with a mentality that also gives us special things. We are a very emotional + mix +”, tried to justify coach Thomas Tuchel. Paris lacked safeguards, without Captain Marquinhos (who is recovering from Covid-19) or Thiago Silva, who left for Chelsea this summer. Its leader on the field, Neymar, embodied this team which went into a spin.
Neymar, upset leader
“My only regret is that I didn’t hit that asshole in the face“
When Neymar goes, Paris goes. But the reverse also works. The last weeks of “Ney” sum up the eventful trajectory of his club, which suffered a hard landing after Lisbon: the Brazilian contracted the new coronavirus like six other teammates, including Kylian Mbappé, making PSG the major European club most affected by the pandemic. Restored for the “Clasico”, his return to competition was to start a rise in morale in the Paris camp. The N.10 ended up being expelled, a logical continuation of his match where he displayed constant nervousness. After the meeting, he accused Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racist insults, through a series of angry tweets. “My only regret is that I didn’t hit that asshole in the face“, he wrote, assuring that the Spaniard called him a” monkey “.
This is not the first time that Neymar has poured out his anger on social networks. He attacked the referees after the knockout stages of C1 lost against Manchester United in 2019 (three suspension matches by UEFA, reduced to two by CAS). He was also guilty of a blow to a spectator who laughed at him after the final of the Coupe de France lost against Rennes in 2019, which had earned him a suspension of three games.
An even smaller workforce
Tuchel nevertheless underlined the match “exceptional“by Neymar, during a post-match press conference where his words about the” great performance “of his team” who controlled everything “raised some eyebrows among journalists. Defeated in Lens on Thursday (1-0), his team has no points or goals after two days, an unprecedented mismanagement since 1978. Metz’s reception on Wednesday is already shaping up to be crucial for him, at the heart of a busy schedule that forces him to tinker with a small workforce due to the absence of positive Covid-19 executives and recruits.
Tuchel: “An impressive performance”
If Marquinhos and Mauro Icardi could play again against Messins, Mbappé is rather expected for the trip to Nice on Sunday. But the suspensions of Kurzawa, Paredes and Neymar – which will be discussed Wednesday at the disciplinary committee of the League (LFP) – prevent it from breathing. “We have a small group. We have to accept that things are not easy. It’s clear we’re going to suffer now“, conceded Tuchel.
Abused on the ground, PSG is preparing for difficult days.