Neymar ‘clashed with team-mates and sporting director Campos after defeat at title rivals Monaco’
Neymar reportedly clashed with team-mates before becoming embroiled in a heated argument in the dressing room with Paris Saint-Germain boss Luis Campos following Saturday’s loss to title rivals Monaco.
According to L’Equipe, the Brazilian superstar reportedly scolded Vitinha for not putting the ball in the right areas and Hugo Ekitike for his poor decision-making.
And Get Football News France claimed that as the players returned to the dressing room, Campos voiced his anger at their “shameful attitude” and “lack of aggressiveness”.
But Neymar or fellow Brazilian Marquinhos were unhappy with the criticism and exchanged words with Campos.
Monaco’s players and officials are said to have been shocked by the “lively and prolonged” commotion.
Presnel Kimpembe used a megaphone to appeal to fans after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat in Monaco.
The 27-year-old played the final 10 minutes at the Stade Louis II as PSG continued their disappointing form against Les Monegasques, who moved up to second place.
Christophe Galtier’s side have now lost three of their seven league games in 2023, as many as in the previous 45 games in the competition.
Galtier is now under increasing pressure at the Parc des Princes ahead of a big Champions League round of 16 match against Bayern Munich amid injury doubts for Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.
“It lacked intensity. It is the current status of the team. I can’t hide behind that,” admitted the French tactician in his dejected post-game press conference.
“The state of the team is like this. It’s strange but true. It’s bizarre to say as a PSG manager but it’s the current reality.
“I’m worried about Tuesday night’s game. If it wasn’t me, it would be something serious. We’ll see if some of those who couldn’t start the game today can play on Tuesday. We have a very weak squad and we’re worried. During this time it is important to keep a clear head. I understand the anger of the fans. There is anger.’
AS Monaco punished an injury-depleted Paris St Germain side to celebrate a 3-1 Ligue 1 win on Saturday, led by captain Wissam Ben Yedder, who notched a brace and an assist in the first half.
Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Marco Verratti were absent for leaders PSG but it was their defense that came under scrutiny as they struggled with Monaco’s attack.
The result put Monaco in second place on 47 points, a point ahead of Olympique de Marseille, who visit mid-table Clermont later on Saturday. PSG suffered their third league defeat this season but remain top with 54 points from 23 games.