Neymar's birthday an unwelcome distraction for PSG


Also quizzed about Neymar's early birthday celebrations planned for Sunday, Tuchel admitted that he was not thrilled about the idea two days ahead of their match with Nantes. "No, clearly not", Tuchel said. I love them lots and prefer to talk internally.

The Montpellier attacker was vocal in his criticism of both players in the build-up to the match after a heated meeting towards the end of 2019, declaring that "at least Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] was very respectful" during their clashes.

Neymar warmed up with a shirt bearing the name of Kobe Bryant and the number 24 of the basketball star who was killed in a helicopter crash last weekend.

The Montpellier clash was a match that also saw Neymar fume at referee Jerome Brisard, earning him a booking for dissent, with reports documenting an angry exchange with the match official that continued into the tunnel. Kylian is intelligent and has a good mentality, so we do not need this sort of situation.

"I explained to him why he came off and that will be that".

On Neymar's birthday, Tuchel added: "It gives the impression that we are not 100 per cent focused and professional".

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Shanahan's run-first offense was exactly that, as the team churned out a total of 471 combined rush yards in the two games. It's nearly like Kansas City brought the entire raucous crowd from Arrowhead Stadium with them.

Sarabia put the hosts in front in the eighth minute when he curled a fine shot into the top corner.

Montpellier's hopes of getting back into the game were then as good as over when goalkeeper Dimitry Bertaud was sent off in the 17th minute for coming out of his box to stop Mbappe bearing down on goal, only to block the ball with his arm and receive a straight red.

"I am coach. Somebody has to decide who comes off and goes on". We're not playing tennis but football.

Mbappe and Layvin Kurzawa wrapped up the win by the 65th minute, before Mbappe was withdrawn much to his frustration.

The club confirmed on Monday that tests had shown Neymar suffered the cartilage injury during the first half of Saturday's Ligue 1 match. They remain 13th. Victor Osimhen's late penalty gave Lille a 2-1 victory at Strasbourg to leave them fourth.