Yesterday, the round of the last sixteen in the Champions League took place. At the venue of the German side Borussia Dortmund, PSG faced the local team. Neymar who has just returned from the injury, PSG boss Tuchel did not want to ground Neymar. In the beginning, Tuchel did not want to take the risk of grounding the most expensive player. But finally, Neymar played the game and also scored a most important away goal. Thomas Tuchel expects improved performance in the return leg against Dortmund.
In the last 5th of February, it was Neymar’s birthday. He went to celebrate his birthday. But before that, he played a Ligue 1 match wearing PSG’s shirt and got injured. But after his birthday, his injury condition became worse. So, he missed a total of four matches. It was almost uncertain for him to play against Borussia Dortmund in the round of the last sixteen. But closing all the speculations, Neymar played the game and scored a goal. If he heard the voice of the club, he would miss the game.
Neymar was clearly not at 100% tonight and that’s due to not playing for a long time. Still a decent performance-:
➡️3 key passes
➡️9 duels won
➡️1 accurate long ball
WAS MOTM AGAIN AND GOT CRUCIAL AWAY GOAL BUT FAR FROM HIS BEST! TUCHEL HAS TO BE BLAMED! pic.twitter.com/HIkUviHOrI
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If we look at the last few seasons, at the end of every season, Neymar is facing serious injury and out of the ground for a long time, it was almost certain. For the injury, Neymar missed the last two seasons Champions League knockout round at the Parc des Princes. In the last season, he was the visitor when his team PSG played against Man United and faced the defeat. It would perhaps he promised on that day that, he will not miss any important match where he feels sick or not. So, when the time came, he argued with the doctors and ground against Borussia Dortmund earlier today.
After the match Neymar stated something. He felt disgusted for the last two seasons. He could not play for PSG in Champions League knockout round for the injury. So, he wanted desperately to take part in the game against Borussia Dortmund. He thought that he was fit for the game. Though his club feared for him. They did not want to take the risk. Because if something went bad at the end of the day, the Brazilian could suffer more. He understood the club’s situation.
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The club also decided not to ground Neymar against the Dortmund. It was hard to accept that he missed consecutive four matches. But unfortunately, everything cannot go as he wants. The doctors did not want to ground him at first. But Neymar did not take it well. He discussed with the club and the doctors. Because he wanted to play desperately. However, Neymar could not fill up the expectation though he scored a goal. He has much to give still.