Neymar backs Tuchel against Mbappe

October 30, 2018

Neymar says PSG manager Thomas Tuchel was right to drop Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot

Neymar says PSG manager Thomas Tuchel was right to drop Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot

Neymar says PSG manager Thomas Tuchel was correct to drop Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot for ‘failing to respect’ team schedules after they arrived late for a meeting.

Mbappe and Rabiot arrived late for a team briefing ahead of the Ligue 1 clash with Marseille on Sunday, with Julian Draxler called in to replace the teenage forward.

However both £166million star Mbappe and midfielder Rabiot redeemed themselves after coming on as second-half substitutes, both scoring in the final three minutes of a 2-0 victory.

Both £166million star Mbappe and midfielder Rabiot redeemed themselves with late goals

Both £166million star Mbappe and midfielder Rabiot redeemed themselves with late goals

‘They know, they are great players, important to our team, and we end up suffering because of it. But this is an inner thing. Then Kylian came in and ended up winning the game for us.’

Neymar and Mbappe have formed a fearsome attacking partnership for PSG, however that did not stop the Brazilian admonishing his team-mate nor Tuchel choosing to drop him.

Neymar said Mbappe needed to learn to 'respect the schedules' of PSG team meetings

Neymar said Mbappe needed to learn to ‘respect the schedules’ of PSG team meetings

 

Tuchel admitted after the game it was a tricky situation, but he had needed to set an example

Tuchel admitted after the game it was a tricky situation, but he had needed to set an example

 

The German manager admitted after the game that it was a tricky situation, but he had needed to set an example that not even the team’s biggest stars were exempt from club discipline.

Tuchel said: ‘I had to think hard. It is a disciplinary situation if a player arrives late for a meeting and is not punished.’

PSG’s win means they have a perfect Ligue 1 record of 11 victories from 11 games, and are already eight points clear of second-placed Lille.

Rabiot (right) with PSG boss Tuchel after coming on as a substitute against Marseille

Rabiot (right) with PSG boss Tuchel after coming on as a substitute against Marseille

 

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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