The French champion accuses his Brazilian teammate. Yet another episode of a difficult coexistence. Pochettino: “We need time …”
In the area they often stepped on their toes, without ever really playing together, and when it was Mbappé’s turn, and not Neymar’s, out, the Frenchman never saw us again and in fact blamed his teammate for not “passing him the ball. “. Even giving him the “clochard”, according to the reconstruction of the newspaper Le Parisien. The lip filmed by the cameras of Canal+ during yesterday’s match against Montpellier (2-0), he confirms in any case Mbappé’s frustration, already marginalized by Messi in the Champions League, in Bruges. It is up to the staff to find the solution, not only to face City on Tuesday with more serenity, but also to prevent the outburst compromising the already few chances that the World champion will renew his contract.
The sequence of Canal+ is eloquent. Just sitting on the bench, Mbappé comments with Gueye, author of the first goal, the substitution. And pointing towards the direction of the area he says: “This homeless man. It doesn’t give me the lift ”. All in reference to an action, shortly after the hour of play, in which Neymar avoids the assist for the Frenchman, as for Di Maria, and tries in vain the individual action. Yet another episode of a match in which the two played without really helping each other, as demonstrated in particular by the action on the 35th minute of the first half, with the Brazilian who ends up making Mbappé lose the ball, engaged in a dribble in the area.
Lack of understanding that Pochettino had already admitted at the press conference on the eve: “It’s true, Neymar and Messi, or Messi and Di Maria know each other better. It is up to us to integrate Mbappé. It takes time to create the right automatisms ”. Mbappé, however, is always in a hurry and certainly does not intend to end up on the edge of the trident of wonders that two weeks ago in Bruges did not produce great things: 19 balls exchanged in all, of which 11 between Messi and Neymar, only three between Messi and Mbappé, and five between Neymar and the French. A worry also for the management engaged in a difficult negotiation for the renewal beyond 2022 of Mbappé’s contract, determined to move from free agent to Real Madrid. And as if that weren’t enough, yesterday, Draxler’s goal for doubling was signed at the end. On an assist from Neymar.
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