Mauricio Pochettino hopes that Neymar Jr can appear to defend Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the French Cup final against AS Monaco at the Stade de France, Thursday (20/5/2021) early morning WIB. The club is currently seeking to appeal the suspension received by their forward.
Neymar received a yellow card in the semifinal match against Montpellier. The French Football Federation (FFF) also imposed a one-match ban on the former Barcelona player.
The FFF’s Disciplinary Commission stated that Neymar’s sentence was not due to accumulated yellow cards, but because of repeated offenses. But PSG didn’t just give up.
PSG is currently awaiting a decision from the relevant authorities regarding Neymar’s fate. On the other hand, Pochettino insisted his team plans would not be interrupted.
“We don’t know if they will be available, but we hope so. We will see in the next few hours whether we can count on them,” Pochettino was quoted as saying on the club’s official website, Wednesday (19/5).
“We are waiting for a decision and will prepare as usual. I will choose my team. The rest has not changed,” he continued.
Pochettino seems aware that he needs a complete squad against Monaco. Understandably, in the last two meetings in Ligue 1 this season, the team nicknamed Les Parisiens lost 2-3 and 0-2.
Pochettinosaid Monaco deserved credit for their win against PSG and they are a physically strong team with a lot of quality. However, PSG didn’t want to just give up.
“I am a calm coach. I did not have much excitement before. We know our responsibility and want to be as efficient as possible. I have faith in the team and we will prepare in the right way for this final,” concluded Pochettino.
Mauricio Pochettino to start in Paris Saint-Germain’s Coupe de France semifinal duel with Montpellier.