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Stopping the midfield supply line to them, or . Jersey
« dnia: 04 Marzec, 2019, 07:53:16 »
PARIS (AP) — Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg on Wednesday , casting doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match next month.The Brazil forward had just received the ball on the left when he raised his hand to seemingly signal to his coach Thomas Tuchel he was in pain, and looked to be in tears as he left the field at Parc des Princes.A few hours after Neymar was taken to hospital, PSG said in a statement in the early hours of Thursday that “the first tests carried out showed a painful reactivation” of the fifth metatarsal in the right foot he fractured nearly exactly one year ago playing against Marseille.PSG added that Neymar’s condition will be further assessed “in the coming days” to determine how long he will be out of the lineup. PSG travels to face a resurgent United side at Old Trafford on Feb. 12 with the return leg in Paris on March 6.“All therapeutic options need to be envisaged,” PSG said on its website.In February of last year, Neymar cracked the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, and he underwent surgery back home in Brazil. Although he recovered in time for the World Cup, he was not at his best in Russia.Neymar limped heavily as he walked to the dressing room on Wednesday night, consoled by a PSG staff member, and looked visibly upset as he wiped his face with his right arm following his third significant injury in the space of a calendar year.It was unclear how Neymar sustained his latest injury but he had been on the receiving end of a heavy tackle from midfielder Anthony Goncalves earlier in the match. Television images then later showed Neymar rolling off his sock and pointing to the side of his right foot.A frustrated Tuchel said Neymar was not protected enough on the pitch.“The referee didn’t whistle on one occasion, then two, then three and after that he ended up twisting his foot,” Tuchel said.But interviewed after the match by broadcaster Eurosport, Goncalves expressed no sympathy for Neymar and even suggested the injury is a direct result of how he plays.“It’s his style. But if you play like that don’t complain if you take some knocks after,” Goncalves said. “He’s a great player, and I respect the player he is, but we’re not here so he has fun at our expense. We’re not here to make him look good.”Goncalves suggested Neymar, who has a tendency to showboat and even toy with opposing players with his superior level of skill, lacks humility.“If he wants to have fun Cheap Argentina Soccer Team Uniform , we’ll respond with the weapons we have. We have a jersey to defend. We’re not here for a laugh,” Goncalves said. “He can amuse himself, that’s his style and I think people come to watch that. But he shouldn’t come and moan about it afterward….”Strasbourg coach Thierry Laurey also said Neymar’s attitude is all wrong.“Sometimes when you’ve gone too far, you have to face up to it,” Laurey said. “I can understand my players having enough of players who are looking to tease them, mock them. It’s right that after a while it also catches up with him. I’m all for protecting players, but there are limits. When you make a pass that comes off your back, you’re mocking a bit.”Strasbourg defender Pablo Martinez added: “Of course he’s a marvelous player, but because of his attitude he’s not someone I like on the pitch. Apart from teasing you, he talks to you badly.”PSG is already sweating on the fitness of key midfielder Marco Verratti after he sprained his ankle last weekend.Two months ago, Neymar was substituted with a groin injury during the first half of Brazil’s friendly against Cameroon on Nov. 20. PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain fans were no doubt brimming with confidence about facing Manchester United when the Champions League draw was made nearly two months ago.Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe were scoring with ease, Marco Verratti was pulling the strings in midfield, and the club had secured impressive back-to-back wins against Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade to qualify for the last 16 at Napoli’s expense.United was struggling under then-coach Jose Mourinho, and creative players like Paul Pogba were not suited to his gritty and tactically stifling approach.Now the tables have been turned, and injury-hit PSG’s trip to Old Trafford has taken on a daunting dimension. United is unbeaten since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge and Pogba, so unhappy under Mourinho, can’t stop smiling.Or scoring.Pogba got one of France’s goals in the World Cup final win against Croatia last year , and always had an eye for goal when playing for Juventus.Even more so now.He netted twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Fulham and has 11 league goals so far.CONTRASTING FORTUNESWhile Saturday afternoon was good for United, Saturday evening proved to be awful for PSG .In a matter of hours, the complexion of Tuesday’s game changed even further.Already missing Neymar because of a right foot injury , the French champion lost two more players.Cavani, PSG’s all-time leading scorer, damaged a tendon in his right hip in the 1-0 win against Bordeaux, and goal-scoring right-back Thomas Meunier sustained a mild concussion. These injuries follow on from midfielder Marco Verratti’s sprained ankle three weeks ago.Facing a pumped-up and revitalized United lineup at Old Trafford would have been difficult enough with everyone fit, but PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has problems in every position except goalkeeper. There, at least, he has the reassuring presence of Italy great Gianluigi Buffon .But Tuchel is missing two of his best three forwards, and he isn’t even sure if Verratti will be ready for a game of such intensity having played only 58 minutes against Bordeaux on his return from injury.QUESTIONABLE CHOICESCircumstances and choices, not just injuries, have made for an increasingly difficult situation at PSG.The problems in midfield, for example, could have been resolved far earlier by bringing Adrien Rabiot back into the side.But Tuchel has been told that Rabiot — who is in a disagreement with sporting director Antero Henrique — is not to be selected because of a contract wrangle that has dragged on .With Neymar and Cavani out it means that Mbappe, the French league’s 17-goal top scorer, is certain to start at center forward.While United’s shaky defense will fear facing another of France’s World Cup stars , they may be less worried about his strike partner. If Tuchel goes with a 4-4-2 formation that is likely going to include the ineffective Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.He has scored only once in 12 league matches since joining from unheralded English side Stoke and did not stand out against a mediocre Bordeaux team. In one second-half moment , he even passed to an opponent.Tuchel could be tempted to innovate by using Julian Draxler in a 4-5-1, with the Germany winger effectively operating as a playmaker behind Mbappe. But Draxler’s versatility suits Tuchel elsewhere and he could be chosen in central midfield, especially if Verratti does not start.COPING IN DEFENSEUnited’s attack is brimming with confidence.PSG’s defense must cope with speed, skill and power when facing internationals Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku.Stopping the midfield supply line to them, or to Chile star Alexis Sanchez if he is selected, is vital. Tuchel, therefore, needs strong holding midfielders against Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic — an impressive trio blending strength, tenacity and technique.It might mean moving defender Marquinhos into the center of midfield, alongside Verratti, Draxler or the recently-signed Leandro Paredes.Yet picking Marquinhos would deprive PSG of its best and most consistent center half. Tuchel may have no choice, especially considering Paredes has played only three games for the club — two as substitute — since joining from Zenit St. Petersburg.It’s all potentially confusing for Tuchel.But while Tuchel has mitigating circumstances, he was hired to reach at least the semifinals of the competition, after Unai Emery and Laurent Blanc were fired for their perceived failures in Europe.


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