Paris Saint-Germain head coach, Thomas Tuchel, insists the whole situation involving Neymar is not a justification for his side’s weak display against Rennes on Sunday but admits the Brazilian could leave Paris
The reigning Ligue 1 holders suffered a shock 2-1 loss to the same rivals they edged out by the identical scoreline in the French Super Cup a fortnight ago.
Just like in the opening league matchday, the club’s biggest star, Neymar, was omitted from the squad amid continuous speculations about his imminent departure.
With Barcelona and Real Madrid credited with an interest, the Brazilian’s future seems to be closely tied to La Liga.
Deprived of the services of one of his headline performers, Thomas Tuchel oversaw a confused team, toothless in the final third that struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities against a fragile Rennes defense.
However, the German manager has refused to accept the fact that Neymar’s situation affects his teammates and the entire environment at Parc des Princes.
“Neymar situation weighed on the team? No, I do not think so,” he said to Canal +.
“It is still the same, but the transfer window is still open for more than ten days.
“Do you think this thing will be settled tomorrow or the day after tomorrow? I do not think so.
“But no matter what I think things are not settled for the moment, and it is not possible for him to play because he has not done any training like the others, the risk of injury is too great.”
After shipping Coutinho to Bayern Munich, the Catalans have opened space for Neymar’s return, which currently puts them well ahead of La Liga rivals in the race to the 27-year-old’s signature.