Four months after their collision at the Parc des Princes, Neymar and Alvaro Gonzalez meet again in Lens.
As we meet again … Removed from the field since mid-December, Neymar is in the group to face OM on Wednesday (9 pm), in Lens, as part of the Champions Trophy. The opportunity for the Brazilian to cross swords with Alvaro Gonzalez, whom he accused of having treated him as “son of a monkey” on September 13, during the last Classic to date (0-1). One of the many hiccups in a match that didn’t look like a match. 17 yellow cards and five red cards. A butcher shop. If he had recognized that he should not have responded to the supposed insults of his Marseille opponent, Neymar has, several times, confirmed his accusations. “You know what you said. I know what you said ”, the old Barcelona man squeaked. And to add: “He was stupid. And I also acted like an idiot for letting him train me in this. But I still have the privilege of holding my head up today. I accept my sanction because I should have stayed in the path of clean football. But I hope my attacker will be punished as well. ”
Alvaro cleared … but affected
Except that verbal “aggression” has never been characterized. The Spaniard, who was also spit on by Angel Di Maria during this Electric Classic and of sad memory, has always denied the facts and the Disciplinary Commission of the Professional Football League (LFP) had closed the case without follow-up, finding no image to corroborate Neymar’s words. “A person like that deserves neither my gaze nor my respect,” said the Marseillais, victim of threats in the weeks that followed. “The damage that Neymar was able to do to me is enormous, he had further indicated in the Spanish media. We had a bad time, not just me, my family and my surroundings. ” The Spanish international had also lodged a complaint. “It’s a case that is still in court and I don’t want to talk too much about it. He suffered a lot from everything that happened ”, explains“ AVB ”. “He is always motivated before matches and he is in any case not racist,” said Nemanja Radonjic.
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The two camps were at least in agreement on one point after the match, and only one: they put almost everything on the backs of the referees! The Parisians complained of not having been defended and the Marseillais, of too great laxity of the officials in the face of provocations from the locals, in particular from Neymar. “It ended like that because of you”, launched André Villas-Boas to the referees at the end of the game … Atmosphere.
“We will meet again and it will be on my terms, playing football”
Neymar to Alvaro Gonzalez
One thing is certain: no one wants to see such a display of violence, physical and verbal again. “I hope it will be more of a football game. And I think it will be the case ”, explains the consultant Canal + Sidney Govou, who will be commenting in Lens. Regarding the reunion Neymar-Alvaro, the former Lyonnais does not fear overflow. However, he expects sparks … “When you see the profile of Neymar, he’s someone who loves to provoke the ball in the foot, and I think he will be delighted to go to his zone and to provoke him, Judge Govou. But Alvaro is a player with character and he will be happy to answer him. As long as it does not overflow, it will be fine. The first leg was no longer football. As long as it remains football, duels, I find that rather good. ” Neymar had preceded the former international tricolor by declaring this two days after the first match: “We will meet again and it will be on my terms, playing football”. Neymar-Alvaro Gonzalez, a real match within the match …
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Charge to the two players in question to stay in the nails this time. “The control of emotions is important to be successful, and not only in this match but all the time,” slips Mauricio Pochettino, who did not want to say whether Neymar is able to start the game. ‘he did not wish to return to the incidents of September 13. “It’s a game we saw on TV, we weren’t there. Either way, it’s a thing of the past, it will be another game. ” All ball fans hope so with him … Including Keylor Navas, who wants to “try to win this match by playing football”, not by playing fists. Chick?