The PSG coach expects the Brazilian to play an important role in the French Cup final against Saint-Étienne.
The performances of Neymar since Paris Saint-Germain returned to action don’t surprise the coach Thomas Tuchel. After returning to Brazil amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 28-year-old attacker found quickly an impressive level, just before the final stretch of the 2019-20 season.
The Brazilian scored four goals in three friendly victories over Le Havre, Waasland-Beveren and Celtic, which ended 9-0, 7-0 and 4-0 respectively; and on Friday he will return to the official competition when the Parisian team faces Saint-Étienne in the final of the Coupe de France.
When asked about Neymar’s form at his pre-game press conference, Tuchel said: “I am not surprised. He came back in a good mood, in good shape. It adapts very quickly to all training sessions, it gained capacity very quickly. “
He added: “It is important for him to play as much as possible. He was given as many minutes of play as possible. He will be on the field tomorrow. He is in good shape, he is decisive and that is the best for us.”
PSG will also play the League Cup final against Lyon on July 31 before heading to Lisbon for the conclusion of the Champions League, where they will face Atalanta in the quarterfinals.
“The best way to get to Portugal is with all four titles, and it starts tomorrow. The focus of the last few weeks was preparing the team for this match against Saint-Étienne, preparing them mentally, preparing them physically. We are not talking about Atalanta with the team or staff, it is not the issue now, “said Tuchel.
And he closed: “The most important thing in a club like PSG is to play finals, win finals, win titles. At the end of the day, that is the best way to prepare a team for a great challenge in the Champions League.”
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