Neymar Criticised in France: Was It Really Necessary to Take Six Touches Every Time He Touched the Ball?

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Neymar Criticised in France: Was It Really Necessary to Take Six Touches Every Time He Touched the Ball?

Paris Saint-Germain couldn't beat Manchester City in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Tuesday night, as they ended up losing 4-1 on aggregate due to a 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

After their first-leg loss at the Parc des Princes, the criticism was shared by both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

However, the absence of Mbappe due to injury on Tuesday night meant the responsibility was solely on the shoulders of Neymar, who has received the bulk of the flak.

"Neymar: A genius without ideas," read Le Parisien's headline.

The newspaper continued to analyse the Brazilian's performance against Manchester City, dubbing his performance as 'uninspired' and 'disappointing'.

Jerome Rothen, a former PSG player and commentator on RMC Sport, had criticised Neymar following the first leg of the semi-final against City.

"He's a genius, okay, I'm the first to say it, but when he's in that frame of mind, losing one out of every two balls and when he doesn't try hard for the team and blames a young player like [Mitchel] Bakker, who could have played his best half of football in a PSG shirt, that's unacceptable," said Rothen.

Spoiled by the renewal talks

After PSG's elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday, Rothen was once again quick to point the finger at Neymar.

"We expected more and I am the first to criticise him, but you can't just criticise Neymar. The club want to renew his contract, but I think they need to rethink it," Rothen stated on RMC Sport.

"When he plays badly like today you have to tell him. The sporting director [Leonardo] is flattering him by talking about a contract renewal."

The newspaper L'Equipe did not skimp on criticism either for the Brazilian.

"Against Manchester City, Neymar derailed," was the headline of L'Equipe.

"He spared no effort but was too messy and didn't lead the team like he should have. The No.10 wasted his opportunity to shine, like in the first leg in Paris.

"As the clock ticked on, he [Neymar] looked more and more overwhelmed."

A catastrophic match

France Football, who gave Neymar a rating of two out of 10, analysed his performance in the following way.

"Neymar, was that a joke? Was it really necessary to take six touches every time he touched the ball?" they questioned.

"The Brazilian showed his dark side against Manchester City and wanted to do everything on his own.

"In the absence of Mbappe he decided that only he could lead PSG to victory, but [he] wasted an astonishing amount of possession and also ended the game [by] scything down Manchester City players.

"He was supposed to be the leader tonight but was carried away by his emotions once again, Neymar, you were catastrophic."

Source: MARCA