Thomas Tuchel has shown his disagreement with Neymar’s decision to attend the Davis Cup in Madrid. The Paris Saint-Germain boss revealed he was unhappy with the decision the Brazilian made, but left it clear that he can forbid his players to do things they want to.
Ney has been out of action with a hamstring injury since the start of October and made the trip to Spain during the recent international break as a guest of former Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique. This decision did not fit well with Tuchel, who showed his disappointment about it.
“What can I do? I’m not his father. I’m not the police. I’m the coach,” the German boss said, via Sky Sports.
“As a coach, am I happy with this trip? No, not at all, it’s clear. Is this the time to get mad? No, no, it’s not the moment. He was very professional here for two weeks. He did more than the others.”
But, it all can be forgotten this weekend, with Tuchel revealing Neymar is in contention for a return when PSG host Lille in Paris on Friday evening.
“He has trained with the group, he has individual work. And if everything goes well, he can play tomorrow (Friday). We have to decide if he will start the game or be a substitute.
“He will bring his quality and be decisive. If he plays for us, we are more dangerous in front of goal and he is a decisive player. He gives this for the team and it’s necessary if we want to keep winning.”
PSG, the leader of the Ligue 1, face Lille on Friday night, hoping to get an inspiring result to face Real Madrid next week for the Champions League.