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Thomas Tuchel defends ‘sensitive’ Neymar: “He hates losing”

BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain warms up prior to the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Red Star Belgrade and Paris Saint-Germain at Rajko Mitic Stadium on December 11, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel admits Neymar is struggling to deal with the club’s poor form after his altercation with a fan last weekend.

The French Football Federation (FFF) have launched an investigation into Neymar, which could see him suspended between three and eight games for PSG.

The reason for this is due to Neymar appearing to strike a supporter as he climbed the stairs to receive his runners-up medal in PSG’s Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes.

Tuchel’s side blew a two-goal lead to end up drawing 2-2 after extra-time, with Rennes going on to win 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out.

Now, PSG have won just once in their last six outings. Thus, Tuchel believes this to be the main cause of Neymar’s recent emotional outburst.

“We all feel that Neymar is sad, he’s not happy right now,” said Tuchel, according to Yahoo.

“Neymar hates losing and, of course, he is sensitive to everything that is said about him. It has an influence.

“I can only say it is easy to judge someone like Neymar, who has a very big heart. We would like him to show his heart. That would be good for us.”

PSG will host OGC Nice at home for their next Ligue 1 match on Saturday. Although they will have to make do without Kylian Mbappe following his three-match suspension after being sent off against Rennes.

Thiago Silva, Thilo Kehrer and Thomas Meunier will continue to be absent. Although Layvin Kurzawa and Edinson Cavani will be last-minute decisions.

“We have recovered well in the last few days,” continued Tuchel.

“Because we played 10 minutes on Saturday and then another 90 on Tuesday away to Montpellier. The players are a bit tired.

“Today we are going to focus on rediscovering the joy of playing football and prepare for the match against Nice.

“We are expecting a difficult match against a team with a lot of character, with players such as Dante, and a lot of individual talent with [Allan] Saint-Maximin and [Youcef] Atal.

“They play very fluid and attacking football. They play good football and it’s a big challenge for us.”