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Saturday, 15 September 2018

PSG Coach Thomas Tuchel Explains Why He Did Not Risk Neymar Ahead Of Liverpool Clash

Paris Saint-Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel has explained why he omitted Neymar from his starting XI before their Champions League match against Liverpool.

PSG won their league match on Friday without Neymar & Mbappe, thrashing Saint Etienne 4-0.

After returning from international football with Brazil, Neymar watched the match from the stands with teammate Kylian Mbappe, who is suspended after a Red Card.

Although Neymar took part in training, Tuchel has explained he had concerns on Friday morning about Neymar's fitness and decided to rest him.

“Neymar and I spoke on Thursday,” Tuchel said when explaining his decision to leave him out of his starting XI.

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“I told him that he was not going to play and that he could not train. However, Neymar felt good and took part in the whole session.

“That night, he was unable to sleep.

“I asked Neymar at 10 GMT on Friday how he was, and his reply was 'I do not know.' When he told me that, it was an alarm in my head.

“Neymar played 90 minutes on Wednesday with Brazil, so I did not want to take any risks.

“Together, we decided that he would not play.”

Tuchel is expected to start Neymar & Mbappe for Tuesday's Champions League group stage opener against Liverpool.

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