Paris Saint-Germain

Mauricio Pochettino 'satisfied' with Neymar in Marseille draw

Tom Gott
Neymar struggled against Marseille
Neymar struggled against Marseille / John Berry/GettyImages
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Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he was happy with Neymar's performance in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Marseille.

Neymar began the game in the 10 role behind Kylian Mbappe and alongside Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, and while all four players were grossly underwhelming throughout, it was Neymar's struggles that really caught the eye.

The Brazilian was alarmingly isolated from the rest of his team-mates and was withdrawn with seven minutes to go in favour of Georginio Wijnaldum.

Despite that, Pochettino was adamant after the game that he had no problems with Neymar's performance during the game.

“There are several positive things to take from the game, the team was solid, it showed character, it was well-organised with and without the ball," he said (via L'Equipe). "It’s a shame to have played with ten men for nearly 40 minutes. But even in these conditions, we controlled the game.

“We don’t want to celebrate the point because there’s a bitter feeling with this game. But there were some good things from an attacking point of view, we just lacked in finishing. I think we were a bit better than OM, not by much, but we deserved to win. After the sending off, a choice needed to be made, and at that point, we thought we had to bring on [Thilo] Kehrer and bring Neymar back as a third midfielder. I’m satisfied with what he did today.”

The biggest concern for PSG fans is the fact that this performance from Neymar was hardly an isolated incident. The 29-year-old, who signed a bumper new four-year deal in the summer, has just one penalty goal to his name so far this season.

While each of PSG's big four has been disappointing so far this year, it's Neymar's form which has given fans more to worry about, with some calling for him to be benched for the foreseeable future.

Nevertheless, it speaks volumes of the overall quality of the PSG squad that they still sit top of the Ligue 1 standings, seven points clear of Lens in second.

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