Paris Saint Germain (PSG) manager Thomas Tuchel chose to rest star player Neymar for the French Ligue 1 trip to Nimes on Friday night in preparation for the blockbuster Champions League clash with Manchester United at home.
Tuchel paid respect to Manchester United by preserving his best player for the game billed for the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.
Neymar played two games for Brazil during the international break and that played a part in the decision to rest him for the Nimes game.
He scored in both World Cup qualifiers ahead of Qatar 2022.
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Neymar and Brazil won the two games against Bolivia and Peru to lead the South American section on goal difference ahead of arch rivals Argentina.
Without Neymar, PSG thrashed 10-man Nimes 4-0 away from home with Kylian Mbappe getting a brace either side of the half-time interval.
Alessandro Florenzi and Leandro Paredes added two more goals in the second half.
PSG could be without many players for the Manchester United game at the Parc des Princes next week.
Tuchel had earlier said that he could miss as many as ten players for the Manchester United game.
PSG will miss the likes of Mauro Icardi, Marquinhos and others for the game.
The only reason Chelsea’s season can be successful revealed
Former Man United player and pundit, Rio Ferdinand has stated that the only way the season can be described as successful for English Premier League club, Chelsea is when they win a trophy and finishing the season in the top four.
The west London outfit finished fourth last season to be able to secure a Champions League slot in Frank Lampard’s debut. They were also runners-up in the FA Cup. They will be expected to improve by a step with a trophy this season.
Over £200 million has been invested by the Blues team under manager Fran Lampard for the recruitment of new players like Timo Werner, Edouard Mendy, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva, and Hakim Ziyech and it is expected that the West London outfit compete this season.
Manager Frank Lampard is already under pressure t deliver knowing that a lot has been spent in the summer transfer market and much would be expected from the results at the Stamford Bridge.
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Already, the West London outfit have been eliminated from the Carabao Cup after suffering a defeat to North London outfit Tottenham on penalties in the last-16. They now have the FA Cup, Premier League, and the Champions League to compete this season.
The former Man United defender told VT Sport that “Champions League football, finishing in the Champions League positions ad winning a cup’ will be the least expectation from the Blues team.
“I think that’ll be the demands of Frank himself. Frank’s a winner, he’s accustomed to winning at Chelsea, he knows what the owner are asking but also the fans there” he added
The legendary England international defender is confident that Frank Lampard has a good team that can achieve all that is required as long as they can get in the groove and in the rhythm.
EPL: How Chelsea almost lost defender to West Ham
English Premier League outfit Chelsea almost lost their star player, Emerson Palmieri to their London rivals West Ham United in the summer transfer window.
The Italian defender was not at his best last season and that almost led to his exit from the club. He was reported to seek a new challenge as he was linked with a number of clubs, including Juventus, Inter Milan for a move.
Amongst all the teams that were on the line for Emerson Palmieri, West Ham United were the favourites ahead of the It lain teams but the move failed and he had to remain at Stamford Bridge.
However, Emerson Palmieri cannot boast of regular playing time under manager Frank Lampard this season with the arrival of Ben Chilwell. So far, he has had three appearances with two in the Carabao Cup.
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It would be fair to say that a move for the Italian will not be out of place with the Italian clubs reported being keen on his signature and that keeps West Ham United out of the race.
Emerson Palmieri had made 58 appearances for the Blues team across all competitions, scoring a goal and five assists and that has earned him the second-choice ahead of Alonso in the team.
Frank Lampard has given the hint that he would need Emerson Palmieri at the club but it is not sure the player is patient enough to wait at the Stamford Bridge as an option and not a regular player.
A juicy offer from any of the big teams in Italy could lure Emerson Palmieri out of the Stamford Bridge as he already has an experience of the Serie A, having played for AS Roma and Palermo in the past.
Meanwhile, Emerson Palmieri could remain in Chelsea for the rest of the season before leaving in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea to send big-money flop to his homeland
English Premier League outfit Chelsea will be left disappointed with Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga despite the huge investment on him as he has lost his place in the team.
Since his move for Spanish la Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao, Kepa Arrizabalaga has been a flop at the Stamford Bridge and cost the team several points with his blunders. The Blues team were left with no choice but to replace him.
More to the pain of investing a huge amount to sign him from Spain, the West London outfit pay a weekly wage of £150,000 to Kepa Arrizabalaga which is a burden to the club and they are desperate to be relieved.
The Sun reports that the West London outfit are considering sending him out on loan to his homeland to be with Sevilla for the rest of the season under special agreements.
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Knowing that Kepa Arrizabalaga had very impressive performances when he was in Spain, the move could help him rediscover his form with the possibility of a return in the future.
Meanwhile, the weekly wage of the Spanish goalkeeper could be the challenge in the deal but the Blues will be willing o pay part of the £150,000 to be able to take him off their books.
A number of teams would have been interested in taking Kepa Arrizabalaga permanently, but they will not be able to pay about £78 million that brought him to Chelsea and the Blues are not willing to suffer more loss by accepting far less for him.
Meanwhile, Edouard Mendy was signed up by the Blues in the summer transfer window from Rennes and has proven to be the solution for Frank Lampard. He has helped stabilize the team by avoiding unnecessary gaols. Under his safe hands, the Blues team have now recorded three successive clean sheets.