Kylian Mbappe, and Neymar have laughed off the idea of a split in the lead-up to the visit to Manchester City, reveals boss Mauricio Pochettino.
The Paris Saint-Germain pair found themselves in the spotlight over the weekend following their 2-0 win against Montpellier.
Mbappe was substituted, was filmed by Canal+ cameras telling Idrissa Gueye that Neymar does not pass to him as the other players do after the Brazilian had teed him up Julian Draxler for the second goal.
French media outlets reported tensions between the two, however Pochettino has since admitted that the attackers had a discussion during training to put the minor issue to rest.
They are great guys”, Pochettino stated. “These kinds of incidents occur. There are always issues between the best players. They are rivals who want to be successful and support the team.
“These things happen, and I’ve spoken to them individually today and they’ve also spoken to one another. While training they laughed.
The goal of the team is to win and to help the team succeed, therefore if there’s one incident, even a minor one, that could cause a huge storm that’s actually just talking about outside of the team. However, it’s an issue of minor importance. It’s really nothing.’
Pochettino was repeating the words of Ander Herrera. Herrera stated that his team-mates share a an ‘unique connection’ and it remains the same after Mbappe’s outburst.
Herrera said: “Neymar and Kylian I was aware right from the beginning that they share a special bond. Nothing has changed to date.
Every game we make fun of each other at times, but at the end, we’re all in love with one another. We’re a great group.’
There were lots of smiles during Monday’s training sessions, as Lionel Messi pushing to start with Mbappe as well as Neymar after having recovered from knee injuries.
Messi was absent for PSG’s previous two games, but is in the squad’ for Manchester City in their second Champions League group game, Pochettino said.
I don’t know who’s going to take the field” Pochettino continued.
In a speech on the unity of his trio of star players The former Tottenham manager appealed for patience.
It takes time to develop and grow in various conditions He said. They must get familiar with each other and are able to play with each other. Everyone is under stress. Most important is that we’re satisfied with our team.
“We’ll need some time. The players should be able to grow in a healthy way.’