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Thiago Silva Defends Neymar, Takes Aim At Sporting Director After CL Loss

Thiago Silva Defends Neymar, Takes Aim At Sporting Director After CL Loss
Eoin Lyons
By Eoin Lyons
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In a pulsating clash between PSG and Liverpool on Tuesday evening, Neymar and co. came up short at the death as Roberto Firmino's injury time strike gave Jurgen Klopp's men a deserved 3-2 victory on the night.

PSG looked disjointed throughout the match, and it was clear that they were relying on the star power of Neymar and Mbappe to bail them out of when they went 2-0 down.

However, for large parts the pair were ineffectual, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson performing well against the two superstars.


After the game PSG captain Thiago Silva defended his compatriot Neymar, stating that the blame lies with all of the team for the defeat:

Neymar tried to help the team. He did what the coach asked. People will try to find a culprit. We are all guilty, though.

We were in trouble in the first half, but we showed character and scored. I am happy with my team's performance -- the match was of a high level.

We need to pay attention at all times and football punished us here. We had no opportunities to find Kylian, Edinson [Cavani] or Neymar up top. I think that it was balanced. That said, we were not 100 per cent focused.

The Brazilian did fire a subtle shot at PSG's sporting director, seemingly pointing the finger at Antero Henrique for the team's line-up:

What were Di Maria and Marquinhos doing in positions that they normally don’t play in? I don’t know, ask Antero Henrique.

Henrique has been criticised recently for failing to reinforce PSG's midfield, having sold Thiago Motta and Giovani Lo Celso to Betis during the summer.


Indeed the relationship between Henrique and Thomas Tuchel appears to be strained, with French news outlet Le Parisien reporting that the pair hardly communicate with one another, which is strange given that Tuchel only took over in Paris during the summer.

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