Neymar and Mbappé on the eve of C1's first leg against Dortmund. - Ina FASSBENDER / AFP
- After several days of waiting, the Parisian coach confirmed that the Brazilian would be present on the lawn of Dortmund Tuesday evening.
- " What does it change ? It almost changes everything to have him with us, ”said Thomas Tuchel in a press conference.
- Other questions related to Pablo Sarabia, who could start the meeting in place of Mauro Icardi.
We had not known such tension since the announcement of the withdrawal of Benjamin Griveaux from the municipal campaign in Paris. In fact no, not at all. By appearing at a press conference on Monday evening, on the eve of the Champions League round of 16 first leg, Thomas Tuchel put an end to the (false) suspense that reigned around the presence or not of Neymar against Dortmund. Finally, after days of delaying his announcement, the PSG coach confirmed that the Brazilian would be there.
"Neymar is here, he will train and he will play tomorrow ... If nothing happens to him during the last training," he said. The experience of the past few years really seems to have traumatized everyone at PSG! At the time of writing, the player, his ankle and his ribs are fine. The number 10 in Paris appeared with a smile on the lawn of Signal Iduna Park in the early evening. As the group began short field trips, Neymar stayed a little away from fiddling with the ball with Kylian Mbappé. History to take its marks before Tuesday's flight? All of Paris wants to believe it.
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Sarabia rather than Icardi?
Asked about being able to count on the Ney Tuesday evening, even in lack of form, the former Dortmund coach did not hide his joy. " What does it change ? It changes almost everything to have him with us!, Laughed TT. He has confidence, quality, the ability to be decisive. It changes everything for us, for the teammates, for Kylian, for me. It gives confidence. We don't have another player with this quality. "
For the rest, what can I say? Tuchel quickly mentioned his former club and his "super supporters", hence the need for Parisians "to remain calm, attentive, not to do too much. "We are ready, now is the time to show it," he said before talking about the Sarabia case, a possible incumbent on Tuesday evening in place of Mauro Icardi. The best position of the Spaniard, "close to the surface, to be able to make aggressive offensive races. He is very strong in the last gesture, the assist or the strike. Well, I really like that he plays close to the surface… From the opposing surface, huh (laughs)! "
We could also have told you about the passage of Presnel Kimpembe, if the French had not decided to kill the game in the game of sinking open doors. The only thing we learned from him is that he's also fit for Tuesday. We will be satisfied with it.
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