Paris Saint-Germain coach Mauricio Pochettino detached Brazilian Neymar’s injury from his lifestyle and blamed it on the overload of matches throughout the season.
“Not only Ney was injured, but (Ángel) Di María and others in other clubs were injured. You have to stop looking at some players so much. The injuries are due more to competitive density. In 40 days we have played 9 competitive matches” said the Argentine coach at a press conference prior to tomorrow’s league duel against Nice.
Pochettino assured that winter is a more conducive season for injuries and that the covid pandemic also contributes: “It not only affects our team, it has increased the level of injuries due to the load and density of competitive matches.”
“Ney is one of the best players in the world and it is normal for him to generate information. Many things are said, but now that I have been able to meet him I know that he is a great professional, who works with humility and commitment to the club”, added.
Pochettino considered the Brazilian’s injury “fortuitous” and assured that a strategy has been established so that he recovers as soon as possible, although for now it has not been proposed that the player travel to Brazil to continue his rehabilitation.
“It has been a hard blow for him, but he is a strong, mature boy, when you meet him you see his human value. We feel sorry for him, but he has people around him who will help him get up stronger and be with the team. as soon as possible, “he said.
Neymar’s absence against Barcelona adds to that of Ángel di María, but Pochettino was convinced that he could line up a good team in that UEFA Champions League round of 16 duel.
“We lose two important players for the team, but we have to find solutions. We have a qualified team to win this type of match, in the Cup, in the league or in the Champions League. There is absolute confidence in a cash of 30, who for something are PSG players. We face it with the confidence of going out to win without looking for any excuse, “he commented.
Pochettino confessed that Neymar’s absence could be covered by Italian Marco Verratti, who would advance his position in the scheme, although he assured that the transalpine has physical problems and will not be in the league match against Nice on Saturday.
The club also announced the return to the squad of the Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, absent due to injury since last January 22 and who can be lined up against Nice before facing Barça.