Tuchel: Neymar doesn’t have the ‘profile’ to be PSG captain

BELGRADE, SERBIA - DECEMBER 11: Neymar (R) of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates after scoring a goal with head coach Thomas Tuchel during 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)

Thomas Tuchel has defended his decision to not hand over Paris Saint-Germain’s captain armband to Neymar following his match-winning performance.

Neymar helped a 10-man PSG end a run of three successive away defeats by opening the scoring and then assisting Angel di Maria in a 2-1 win at Angers on Saturday.

It was a superb performance from the Brazilian forward, who will now likely miss the remainder of the season due to a three-match ban starting on Monday.

But Neymar had suffered another recent blow when Tuchel announced on Friday that he won’t be making him PSG captain. Instead, the German coach intends to rely on Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, who was given a straight red card at Angers in the 85th-minute.

Furthermore, Tuchel cannot understand why Neymar keeps being tipped to be named PSG skipper.

“We have two captains, with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, and we are not going to change,” the PSG boss told Canal Plus.

“For me, he does not have the profile to be the captain with the armband.

“He is a technical leader and attacker. I do not understand why everyone is talking about this thing. We have Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, they are fantastic.”

Saturday’s win was the Parisians’ second in eight games, but was overshadowed by Marquinhos’ late dismissal.

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The Brazilian defender was given his marching orders after fouling Wilfried Kanga in the area. While Gianluigi Buffon saved the penalty, Flavien Tait managed to score a late consolation goal for Angers anyway.

“We are all very surprised by the decision because we have the impression that the rule is not like that,” Tuchel said on Marquinhos’ red card.

“He tries to get the ball and he is late, there is a foul but the red is severe.

“It’s always good to win. We had a bit of luck because Angers had opportunities to open the scoring, but we won and there were many good moments.”

PSG will now take on Dijon for their final home game of the season next Saturday at the Parc Des Princes.


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