Neymar Backs Thomas Tuchel For Punishing Kylian Mbappe Over ‘Lack Of Respect’

Neymar has accused Kylian Mbappe of disrespecting PSG – and backed Thomas Tuchel’s decision to drop the World Cup sensation for arriving late at a meeting.

France stars Mbappe and Adrien Rabot were condemned to the bench against Marseille but came on to spark a record-equalling 11th Ligue 1 win in a row.

And despite Paris Saint-Germain’s eventual 2-0 triumph, Neymar criticised the duo for making the team “suffer”.

The Brazil striker, 26, said: “This is between them and the coach. Yes, they have to respect the schedules, and they ended up failing in that part.

‘They know, they are great players, important to our team, and we end up suffering because of it.

“But this is an inner thing. Then Kylian came in and ended up winning the game for us.’

Mbappe, 19, drilled home four minutes after arriving midway through the second half to become the first player in Europe’s top five leagues to reach ten goals this season.

And the man who replaced him in the starting line-up, Germany playmaker Julian Draxler, slotted PSG’s stoppage-time clincher after Neymar mis-hit Mbappe’s pass across goal.

Boss Tuchel, who took over in the summer after leaving Borussia Dortmund, admitted it was tough to leave Mbappe out.

He said: “I had to think hard. It is a disciplinary situation if a player arrives late for a meeting and is not punished.”

PSG now need one more victory to pass Tottenham’s 11-game winning start to the Londoners’ Double-winning 1960-61 season.

No side in Europe’s elite five leagues has ever opened up with 12 victories.

But then nor has any team ever had such an expensive frontline as £188million Neymar and Mbappe, whose initial £173m fee paid to Monaco will rise after bonuses and instalments.

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