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These Nantes residents “happy” with the absence of Neymar

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 31, 2020

After a very sluggish start to the season, and a series of four defeats in five games, FC Nantes finally raised its head two weeks ago by winning against Brest (3-1). But the men of Christian Gourcuff were unable to continue last Sunday in Lens, where they made the trip for nothing, the meeting having been postponed due to several cases of Covid-19 in Blood and Gold. A virus that does not do not spare the Canaries, since Fabio, Sébastien Corchia and Andrei Girotto have also tested positive. And if we add the suspensions and injuries, it is a team with a decimated defense that will welcome Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday evening (9 p.m.).

Di Maria still suspended

But the Parisians are also very diminished. Neymar has just joined an already busy infirmary (Julian Draxler, Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes, Mauro Icardi and Juan Bernat), while Angel Di Maria is suspended. Released in the first period Wednesday night during the victory of PSG on the lawn of Istanbul Basaksehir (2-0), the Brazilian had an MRI on Thursday, and he suffers from an injury to the adductor. He will therefore miss the trip to La Beaujoire, where he has never played since his arrival in Paris in August 2017, and will also miss the next two matches (in Leipzig in the Champions League and then against Rennes), as confirmed. Thomas Tuchel Friday.

Touré: “I jumped to the ceiling”

A new absence which did not fail to rejoice Abdoulaye Touré, interviewed by West France. “When he came out I rubbed my hands, I jumped to the ceiling (smile) !, recognized the midfielder. We know that this kind of players can make the difference at any time. For me, he’s the best player in the championship. Without him it’s another game, even though Paris still have a lot of quality, even without him. “ And his coach is not sorry not to see the former star of Barça tread the Nantes lawn. “It would be pretentious to say that we are not happy that Neymar is absent, Christian Gourcuff confessed at a press conference. On the pitch it’s an added danger but they have so many quality players that it’s not a major handicap for them. They are able to cope with such defections. For them, it’s a twist. ”