Since the wives of Angel Di Maria and Thiago Silva publicly criticised Paris Saint Germain manager Unai Emery after the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid this week, it’s been pretty clear the respect towards the boss hasn’t been great.
Now the Brazilian media reports there’s a situation between the manager and the Brazilians in his squad. And one of the most worrying aspects of that, for PSG, is Neymar’s reaction to Lucas Moura’s Tottenham transfer.
The winger moved to Tottenham in the January transfer window, and it reportedly hasn’t gone down well with PSG”s undisputed star man.
As reported by UOL, Emery was tired of the ‘excess of power’ the Brazilian players have at PSG. That’s why he decided to face it by taking Thiago Motta and Thiago Silva from the team against Real Madrid.
According to the claims, Motta had already recovered from his injury, but wasn’t even picked for the match-day squad. Silva was told he wouldn’t start just a few hours before the match, and was so upset he didn’t even go to the pitch for the warm-up.
UOL claims the Brazilians consider Emery good at tactics, but not at managing people, especially for the lack of communication and the constant rotation in the starting lineups. Messing with Silva, who’s the club captain, was the turning point.
Neymar, despite siding with his compatriots, isn’t making a fuss. The superstar is said to be on silent mode as he doesn’t want the problem to get any worse.
The former Barcelona player would have two reasons to be upset. The first, according to friends, is that he was too exposed in his first months at the club. Both because Emery took too long to pick the team’s penalty taker, and also because of the manager’s videos when correcting his positions.
But what really made Neymar mad recently was the sale of Lucas Moura to Tottenham Hotspur. UOL say nothing has ‘irritated’ Neymar more about the Emery situation. The player feels his friend warranted more chances at the club, even though he doesn’t make these issues public.
Of course, these claims come from Brazil and are going to weighted in that regard. Before his move to Tottenham, Lucas Moura made it clear he needed a transfer, but that was due to the lack of chances he’s had this season.