Thomas Tuchel threw a chill on Wednesday during the press conference which took place after the victory of PSG in the quarterfinals of the Coupe de France against Dijon (6-1). Asked whether Neymar, 28, was unsure about the trip to Dortmund next Tuesday in the knockout stages of the Champions League, the Parisian coach was crystal clear.
"I can't tell you 100% that he (Neymar) is going to play against Dortmund. We must decide ( Editor's note: his participation ) before each match. But the risk decreases every day, “said the German technician opening the door to a package from the Brazilian. This is far from being recorded, but the possibility of an absence of the number 10 is now real.
"We can't risk the player's health"
"If I could decide alone, he would have played against Lyon and today ( note: against Dijon ), says Tuchel. But it is not possible, we must be careful, and we cannot risk the health of the player. We are responsible and we will decide with everyone, the doctors, the club and himself. "
By the way, the PSG coach took shelter behind the club's medical staff to justify his player's package in Dijon, and in the two previous games against Nantes and Lyon. "It is a medical decision because the risk is too great," he said.
Neymar suffers from a chondro-costal injury (a rib injury) after a shock received during the victory against Montpellier (5-0), on February 1. If the package of the former Barcelonan were to be confirmed, it would be his fourth absence during a knockout round of the Champions League with PSG.