Substitute at the kickoff against Montpellier in the semi-final of the Coupe de France (2-2, 5 tab to 6 for PSG), Neymar finally came into play at the end of the game (86th). Time for the Brazilian to collect a yellow card for a foul on Savanier and to transform his penalty. In a press conference, Mauricio Pochettino justified the absence of number 10 in the starting line-up.
“He wasn’t feeling very well. He had a cold and was in no condition to start the match. If we had made the difference earlier, he would not have entered. But with 2-2 minutes to go, it was important that he was on the pitch. It’s a shame he took a yellow card “, the Argentine coach told reporters.