‘Neymar doesn’t fit profile for PSG captain’


Paris Saint-Germain Coach Thomas Tuchel has declared that Neymar is not of the profile to captain the side after the Brazil international scored one and assisted another in the 2-1 win away at Angers in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Neymar, 27, playing in his final PSG match of the season before his three-game suspension for an altercation with a spectator during the Coupe de France final kicks in, opened the scoring with a diving header and teed up Angel Di Maria for another headed effort.

Asked after the final whistle if the South American has what it takes to wear the PSG armband in the future, Tuchel was frank in his appraisal of the topic.

“No [on Neymar being a future PSG captain], we have two captains in Thiago Silva and Marquinhos — we will not be changing that,” said the German. “For me, Neymar does not have the profile to be a captain with the armband.

“He is a technical leader through his creativity, but he is not an armband-wearing captain. It is not necessary that he wears it and I do not understand why everybody is suddenly speaking about this.

After the match, Neymar took to social media to say “until next time” to Ligue 1ahead of his ban.

Neymar was booed at times by the Angers crowd, particularly after a brilliant show of skill in the second half, which home coach Stephane Moulin confessed he could not understand.

“I applaud Neymar because I salute his talent,” said the French tactician. “He does things that nobody else can do with the ball. He almost won this match by himself. –ESPN

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