Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United FC at the Parc des Prince on matchday one of the UEFA Champions League continues to be a talking point within the French football media world.
On this occasion, Jérôme Rothen, a former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder and now RMC Sport, was unkind to the capital club players, in particular, Neymar Jr. when he made an appearance on Top of the Foot.
“I’ve been saying this for a while. I think they lost time after the Champions League final. They had the merit of having gone to the final, yes, but it’s a bit like the tree that hides the forest. It saved Thomas Tuchel’s head,” Rothen said.
“There are his unacceptable statements that created tensions inside the club and with Leonardo, and then there is the placement or the attitude of the players. To have the right attitudes on the pitch, it’s still your coach who prepares you for that. When you win in Nîmes with an encore team and your internationals are non-existent against Manchester, starting with your star Neymar who has this attitude, that means that Neymar has nothing to do with Tuchel.”
Rothen joins a long list of analysts, journalists, and former players taking a shot at PSG manager Thomas Tuchel since their loss earlier in the week.
“He had a dramatic attitude. In-camera, we heard everything. When you see a coach so helpless and totally disconnected from what is happening on the pitch, who is unable to reframe such and such who does not replace himself, and you take waves, waves, waves, without changing anything before half-time,” Rothen said.
“It’s not worthy of a team like PSG, and it’s Thomas Tuchel’s fault. The team’s balance is the coach’s fault. And there is also the composition. I’m sorry, you have a midfielder like this who has not given satisfaction for several matches. You put Gueye and Herrera back. When Neymar or Mbappé are not well, psychologically, physically, and technically, it’s nothing, nothing happens.”
🗣💬 "Neymar, vraiment avec cette attitude, n'en a rien à faire de Tuchel sur le banc. Ce dernier est incapable de recadrer un joueur."
— Top of the Foot (@topofthefoot) October 21, 2020
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