Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino has described Neymar as a great man and praised his ‘huge heart’ and ‘competitive wild side’. This season, missing four of the team’s nine Ligue 1 games the 29-year-old has not shone for Paris Saint-Germain. He has produced only one goal and two assists in five appearances.
He also drew a lot of flak after a bad performance in Les Parisiens’ 2-0 loss to Rennes, which included giving the ball away in the build-up to the opener. Neymar had a fight with teammate Kylian Mbappe in recent weeks, the Frenchman also called the Brazilian tramp during the victory over Montpellier.
Manager Pochettino has defended his under-performing superstar, maintaining that he is a “beautiful guy” who “has a great relationship with everyone.” “Neymar has a great relationship with everyone,” Pochettino told Movistar +, as cited by AS. “He has a big heart. He is sensitive, likes to hug people. Then he has that competitive, wild side. He’s a fabulous guy.”
Pochettino also spoke about his forward line’s present balance, which has been deceiving at times this season. PSG star trio is starting and struggling in the team’s recent loss to Rennes, Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar have yet to gel. On the other hand, the coach seems unconcerned about his offensive trident, praising their ‘spontaneity and ‘naturalness.’
“What they appreciate the most is spontaneity. They do not look for a reference, they look for naturalness. What you can do is establish a relationship of trust in which you feel free to tell them what you think and vice versa. The coach has to seek that complicity with his players and not deceive them. Then in the dressing room, privileges are granted by the nature of one another. They are big names, but the collective performance is what will give you a chance to win.”