Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Why Neymar didn't play for PSG against St Etienne on Friday

Why Neymar didn't play for PSG against St Etienne on Friday

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both didn't play for PSG against St. Etienne, with Thomas Tuchel resting the former while the latter served a ban for a red card he received before the global break.

Paris Saint-Germain's margin is so big that the reigning champions don't even need Kylian Mbappe and Neymar to thrash rival French teams. "I'll talk to the key players and I'll be watching Liverpool's game against Tottenham tomorrow and decide on Monday".

Edinson Cavani, Angel Di Maria and teenage substitute Moussa Diaby were also on target in a comfortable victory for the champions.

Mbappe was absent as he began a three-match ban handed down following his red card in the win at Nimes just before the global break, and Neymar sat alongside him in the crowd, rested after playing for Brazil in a friendly in the United States in midweek.

"It was a good rehearsal, good for the confidence ahead of Tuesday's match in Anfield against Liverpool".

"It's an important test for us, not decisive but it's good to start with a complicated game".

Neymar and Mbappe - who watched on together from the stands at the Parc des Princes - already have four goals apiece this term, having also contributed three assists combined, and will be the main men to stop for Jurgen Klopp and co. "We are confident, though". Unfortunately, we did not manage to score. They have experience in the Champions League as they reached the final last season. "When I saw the calendar, I was hoping that this would not be the first match - I still regret my red card from last campaign".

"Liverpool will enable us to measure ourselves a bit", the Belgium worldwide said to Canal+.

"We played with seriousness and intensity".

"In the group, you are always able to catch up a bit". We lost too many easy balls and that gave our opponents solutions.

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