Holder against Rennes on Sunday evening, Neymar had all the trouble in the world to make a difference against the Breton defenders. A misform that could cause his passage on the sidelines?
Very low on the pitch, Neymar never weighed in on the match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais, Sunday evening at the end of the 19th day of Ligue 1. Despite a disappointing performance from the Brazilian, Christophe Galtier made the choice to leave Neymar on the pitch for the entire meeting, just like Lionel Messi. The two men seemed out of it, however, and it wouldn’t have been surprising to see them leave. And for good reason, according to an internal source at PSG, Neymar is clearly not 100% physically. “The players, including Neymar, are not 100% physically. Neymar needs to be able to accelerate to make a difference. We are not worried, but we must rectify certain things collectively ” slipped this internal source at PSG in the columns of L’Equipe.
Galtier does not want to put Neymar on the bench
Faced with such poor form on the part of Neymar at the start of 2023, is it then imaginable to see the Brazilian on the bench in the next matches of Paris Saint-Germain? “It is not the will of the staff, who wish to continue to remain in an educational logic” explains the national daily, for whom it is out of the question in the eyes of Christophe Galtier to switch to a real open war with Neymar by placing the Brazilian on the bench in future matches. It remains to be seen how long it will take for the Auriverde international to return to its best level. Because obviously, Paris Saint-Germain will not be able to afford to have a player totally out of it for several weeks for very long. And for good reason, after his two defeats against Lens and Rennes in Ligue 1, the reigning French champion is only three points ahead of Lens and five points ahead of OM, two teams which have an average greater than 2 points per game since the start of the season.
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A turn on the bench for Neymar, however, is what the Brazilian star would need according to Daniel Riolo, who did not mince his words on Sunday evening after the defeat for the former Barcelona player, the worst flop in the game. history of football according to him. “Do we realize that Neymar, in terms of recruitment and salary, is the biggest flop in the history of football? I can’t think of a bigger flop for what it cost, it’s horrible. Just because he was good in two Final 8 games in 2020 doesn’t mean it’s going to save your life. And also against Bayern Munich in 2021. Let PSG stop” railed the star columnist of RMC, for whom it would be high time to sanction Neymar by putting him on the bench. It is obviously not Christophe Galtier who will do it, at least not immediately, the PSG coach being convinced that the Brazilian must find rhythm and therefore above all not be on the bench for the moment.