Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain not firing on all cylinders, says boss Thomas Tuchel

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Neymar admits he has to go up several gears. (AFP)
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Updated 02 October 2018

Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain not firing on all cylinders, says boss Thomas Tuchel

LONDON: Brazilian star Neymar and his coach Thomas Tuchel fully agreed that no-one at Paris Saint-Germain was “yet at 100percent.”
Neymar “is perhaps not at 100percent, but he’s close,” Tuchel said at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League home game against Red Star Belgrade.
“I’m not at 100 percent of my fitness, no one is at 100 percent, it’s the start of the season and we haven’t played many matches,” said Neymar.
“World football reaches its peak around February and March, with the biggest matches.
“I’m working, every match, every day, on improving both physically and technically,” Neymar added.
Asked about the injury in March which ended his PSG season and compounded his build-up to the World Cup in Russia, Neymar said it had made him “very sad.”
Brazil’s elimination from the quarterfinals of the competition was also a source of “great frustration.”
But he added: “My injury, the World Cup, they are in the past.”
After losing their opening group game to Liverpool, PSG need a victory against Red Star if they are to salvage their group campaign.
Tuchel said his public statements after the loss at Anfield were not the same as his “unofficial” reaction.
“You can well imagine that the official reaction should not be the unofficial reaction,” he said.

PSG were schooled during their 3-2 defeat at Liverpool. 

“It was a very tough defeat for us, we did not play to our best. Certain criticism had to be made in the dressing room.
“It was only the first match in the group, so you cannot exaggerate the criticism, we had to keep calm,” said the German.
“I am very happy with their reaction, we have to continue tomorrow.”
After saying that Neymar was not quite 100 percent, Tuchel said: “For me, it’s normal because he was injured for a long time and it was a very difficult and complicated World Cup for him.
“He did not have a normal pre-season and everyone is watching him to see if he is in top form or if he makes mistakes, it’s difficult for him.
“He’s a player who needs to be in a good state of mind, training with a smile.
“Honestly, I am very happy with ‘Ney’, he will reach top form, 100 percent, and that is very necessary,” the coach said.
“Now he is very confident, involved in the club and in the project here and we are very satisfied.”

Transfers are out of my hands, says Liverpool manager Klopp

Updated 23 January 2021

Transfers are out of my hands, says Liverpool manager Klopp

  • Liverpool suffers alarming loss of form going five league games without a win

LIVERPOOL, UK: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said whether any new players come in the January transfer window will not be up to him as he does not hold the purse strings.

The German may be keen for fresh blood as the champions have suffered an alarming loss of form going five league games without a win.

Thursday’s 1-0 loss to Burnley ended a 68-game unbeaten home run and left them six points adrift of leaders Manchester United — who they play in an FA Cup fourth round tie on Sunday.

Injury has deprived Klopp of key central defender Virgil van Dijk but it is up front where their previously irresistible forward have failed to fire.

It is seven hours and 18 minutes since they last found the net in the league.

“Of course somebody else is making the decisions,” he said laughing at his press conference on Friday.

“It was always like this.

“We discuss the situation pretty much on a daily basis, could we improve something or not and we make recommendations but I cannot spend the money.

“I never did.”

Klopp said he would be taking Sunday’s game at Old Trafford seriously against a side they drew 0-0 in the league at Anfield last Sunday.

Klopp left the likes of Mo Salah and Robert Firmino on the bench against Burnley although both came on eventually.

“It is a different competition and yes we want to go through and for that we have to play really well,” he said.

“United are in a good moment and have got the results so far but we are ready 100 percent.”

Klopp had said in the immediate aftermath of the Burnley match that seeing the unbeaten home run end was “a massive punch in the face.”

However, on Friday the 53-year-old said it was about looking forwwards.

“Sixty-eight matches unbeaten is an incredible number,” he said.

“I never spoke about the number (referring to the home unbeaten run) but now it is onto a new series.”

Klopp said the players should not take the blame for what did not go right against Burnley.

“We go again, no doubt about that,” he said.

“I said what I thought after the game.

“When things don’t work out as we want them to then there’s an issue.

“The issue is that I didn’t tell the boys things clearly enough.

“I have to change the way I tell the boys (these things).”