Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel applauded Neymar for turning down the chance to complete his hat-trick from the penalty spot againstIstanbul Basaksehir, with the Brazilian instead giving Kylian Mbappe the chance to end his Champions League scoring drought.
Mbappe duly converted from the spot and would go on to add another goal as PSG clinched top spot inGroup H with a 5-1 win, with Neymar eventually completing his hat-trick anyway in the second half.
Tuchel was happy to see the gesture from the Brazilian, saying the move would do wonders for Mbappe’s confidence.
“It’s a great gesture,” Tuchel said in his post-game press conference.”He gave that ball away that would’ve been ahat-trick.
“It is also not usual for Ney to score three goals in the same game. He gave the ball to Kylian to end his long streak without scoring in the Champions League.
“Neymar’s heart is very big. He always thinks of his team-mates. He knows very well how important it is for forwards and for Kylian to score.”
Wednesday’smatch began14 minutes in, after the game was originally started on Tuesday and then postponed followingallegations of racism against the fourth official.
Basaksehir initially walked off the pitch after the official identified their assistant coach Pierre Webo as “the black one” and were then followed in solidarity by PSG’s players.
Tuchel said he was proud of his players for their actions on Tuesday.
“They made a strong decision, they showed solidarity with the opponent,” Tuchel added.”They had a lot of courage. In the locker room, it was clear that they wanted to show that reaction.
Source : goal.com