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Mauricio Pochettino unconcerned by Kylian Mbappe's Neymar comments

Tom Gott
Mbappe was unimpressed with Neymar against Montpellier
Mbappe was unimpressed with Neymar against Montpellier / Xavier Laine/Getty Images
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Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that Kylian Mbappe's frustration towards Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is nowhere near as serious as it has been made out to be.

After being subbed off in the dying embers of the recent win over Montpellier, Mbappe watched Neymar set up Julian Draxler for PSG's third goal of the game. He was later caught on camera complaining that the Brazilian rarely gave him passes like that.

It feels like PSG can't go a week without substitute controversy, having seen Lionel Messi snub a handshake from Pochettino after the 2-1 win over Lyon.

Pochettino did his best to de-escalate that situation, and after this latest bit of bench drama, the boss has been at it again.

"They are fantastic boys," he said (via L'Equipe). "In football, this kind of thing happens between competitors. Here, the goal is to win.

"It made a lot of noise outside the group but internally it was nothing. The two spoke to each other, I also spoke with them and you saw that in training, they were laughing."

Midfielder Ander Herrera also denied any rumours of a bust-up between the two superstar forwards, insisting it's all just part of the pair's 'special relationship'.

"Since I joined the club, if there's a special relationship you can see, it's between Kylian and Neymar," he said. "And that hasn't changed at all.

"During games, we all want to give our best to score, to assist, and that's normal. They were joking about it later because they get on well. They were laughing.

"This is all about the pressure at the club. Things are often exaggerated. I sometimes read stories that make me think 'I'm here every day, this isn't true'. It's a normal thing because everyone likes to talk about PSG, and negativity sells more than positivity. It's funny and we need to accept it, because that's the state of football at the minute."

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