Sun. May 19th, 2019

Thomas Tuchel says Neymar ‘does not have the profile’ to be PSG captain

‘He does not have the profile’: Thomas Tuchel rules out Neymar as future Paris-Saint Germain captain amid speculation over his future in France

  • Thomas Tuchel has ruled Neymar out as a future Paris Saint-Germain captain 
  • The PSG boss does not feel his £198m Brazilian star ‘has the profile’ of a leader
  • Neymar was once again influential as he got a goal and assist against Angers 

Thomas Tuchel dismissed Neymar as a future Paris Saint-Germain captain and says he feels the £198million Brazilian ‘does not have the profile’ for the role. 

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel has previously given his full backing to both Thiago Silva and Marquinhos and has questioned why calls are growing for Neymar to be given the armband. 

But after Neymar dazzled against Angers on Saturday night – he recorded a goal and assist in the 2-1 away win – Tuchel again found himself faced with questions on Neymar and the PSG captaincy.   

Neymar ‘does not have the profile’ to be Paris Saint’s Germain, says manager Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel once again faced calls to give Neymar the armband after an away win against Angers

Tuchel once again faced calls to give Neymar the armband after an away win against Angers

‘We have two captains, with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos, and we are not going to change,’ he told Canal Plus. 

‘For me, [Neymar] 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.’

Neymar turned on the style against Angers as he got a goal and set up Angel Di Maria in the win

Neymar turned on the style against Angers as he got a goal and set up Angel Di Maria in the win

Despite claiming the title, PSG’s form has been patchy since March and victory against Angers was the club’s first away from home in the last four. 

Neymar gave Tuchel’s side an early lead before Angel Di Maria doubled their advantage just before the hour mark.

But the black mark on the win saw Marquinhos sent off five minutes from time after tangling with Angers’ Wilfried Kanga. 

The home side, buoyed by the straight red card shown to Marquinhos, looked to produce a stunning final few minutes when Flavien Tait scored but the champions managed to stand firm.  

PSG’s players were determined to stand up and be counted before the close of the season, according to Marco Verratti. 

The Italian midfielder told PSG TV that players had discussions about the drop-off in performance levels. 

The big black mark for Tuchel and PSG was that Marquinhos was shown a straight red card

The big black mark for Tuchel and PSG was that Marquinhos was shown a straight red card

‘We have spoken a lot between ourselves to change things,’ he said. 

‘We were on a bad run of away form, which we are not used to. It was up to us at the end of the day. 

‘We had to change things, not only for ourselves, but also for those who love this club. We are now back on track.’ 

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