Champions League

Thomas Tuchel responds to Jurgen Klopp’s criticism of Neymar

Paris Saint Germain defeated Liverpool 2-1 at the Parc des Princes to leapfrog into the second position after matchday 5

Juan Bernat opened the scoring for the Parisians on the 13th minute to make it 2 in as many games in the Champions league for him. PSG’s standout player Neymar then doubled the lead when he slotted home from close range. Liverpool did manage to pull one back via James Milner’s penalty right at the cusp of half-time. However, Liverpool were unable to create any kind of opening in the second half and PSG held on to claim a much-deserved victory. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wasn’t happy with the theatrics of Neymar and criticized him in the post-match conference. On being asked about that, PSG boss Tuchel said,

‘When I lose a big game I am angry and always in a bad mood, and I will talk about other stuff to bring attention away from my team also. ‘I hear Jurgen has his opinion and that’s fine. I’m talking about the game.

‘I don’t feel it is such a big issue. We suffered a lot of fouls. ‘You don’t have to commit a lot of fouls, especially if you are 1-0 down. If you are 1-0 down then don’t commit 10 fouls in the next ten minutes.

Image result for neymar vs liverpool‘I didn’t experience it this way around. If it is a big match and you lose then I am always in a bad mood. So if he was, then I understand. I know him very well and I don’t take this personally.’

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness expressed concern over the lack of creativity from his former employers,

‘It is a worry. You play 90 minutes with all that firepower on the pitch and they manage one shot on target’

Author’s take

The defeat leaves Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the next round in a very precarious position and makes their clash against Napoli a must-win game for them.


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