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Neymar must channel his strengths, says Pochettino as PSG prepare for Bayern

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Online Betting MalaysiaMauricio Pochettino hopes Neymar can show his talents against Bayern Munich on Wednesday after the Brazilian was sent off on his return to the Paris Saint-Germain starting XI. Having appeared for 20 minutes as a substitute at Lyon ahead of the international break, Neymar started for the first time since February’s Coupe de France trip to Caen when PSG hosted Lille on Saturday.

But the top-of-the-table Ligue 1 clash turned sour for the superstar as he was controversially dismissed in the closing stages of a 1-0 defeat. Neymar, who tried to retrieve the ball from Lille defender Tiago Djalo before both players were sent off, has earned four red cards since his Ligue 1 debut in August 2017, a tally only topped in this time by Nantes midfielder Andrei Girotto.

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain v Lille – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – April 3, 2021 Paris St Germain’s Neymar remonstrates with referee after he was shown a red card REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Pochettino: Neymar excited to start a game: “After six weeks, he was very excited to start a game,” Pochettino told a news conference on Tuesday, explaining Neymar’s red card. “He’s an emotional player, he likes to play, he likes to fight, he’s a competitive player. He didn’t deserve this red – he was sent off for various reasons – but he knows he has to channel himself. “I hope that tomorrow everything will be fine, that we can play a very good game, and that the whole team will get the performance we hope for.”

Pochettino added: “We focus a lot on Mbappe and Neymar, but the 11 players who will start tomorrow will have the responsibility to do everything to help us get the win.” The PSG coach will at least be able to call on his superstar duo while Robert Lewandowski (knee) and Serge Gnabry (coronavirus) are out for Bayern.

Lewandowski and Gnabry shared six goals on the only previous occasion Pochettino took on Bayern, then as Tottenham manager on the end of a 7-2 humbling. “Bayern’s strength is its collective, its squad,” Pochettino said. “When you win the Champions League and the Club World Cup, you have a very good group, not just 11 successful players.

“We are talking about Lewandowski and Gnabry, who are very good players, but we also have absentees like [Mauro] Icardi and [Marco] Verratti. “That being said, for sure, for them, these are absences that weigh heavily.”

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