Will the 100th clasico in history between OM and PSG be played with or without Neymar? The question has been on everyone’s lips since the Brazilian missed this Saturday, the day after his 29th birthday, the last training session scheduled before the shock of this Sunday evening at the Vélodrome (9 p.m., on Canal +).
While no suspense accompanied the cases of Navas (adductors), Diallo (Covid-19), Dagba (thigh), Herrera (thigh) and Bernat (knee), all forfeit, a relative doubt hovers around the participation of Parisian number 10. Saturday noon, the club of the capital assured that his playmaker suffered from “gastroenteritis” without however giving more elements, specifying only that his case would be “evaluated in the coming hours. “
Asked in the afternoon about the state of his playmaker at a press conference, Mauricio Pochettino was just as evasive. “Ney suffers from gastroenteritis, as was the case for others at the club before him, explained the Argentine coach without reacting to the ironic link between his absence and his birthday cake that the question included. He didn’t practice. But we will follow his progress and we will see tomorrow if he has recovered enough to be with the group. “
Info or intox ? Gastro or detox? The only certainty, the absence of Neymar at the Camp des Loges, the day after his 29th birthday, questions more than it surprises. Although he has unveiled in recent weeks a certain form of wisdom by displaying his love for PSG and his desire to land in the capital, the Brazilian does not however manage to get rid of this image of a reveler that his status and his extension of XXL contract should invite him to smooth.
A very small anniversary, sworn!
“Who doesn’t like to party? Everyone likes to have fun, he defended himself like this last week in front of the cameras of TF 1. I know when I can and when I can’t party. Even though some say I’m immature and don’t know what I’m doing. I’ve been at the top for several years. If we are only focused on football, we end up exploding. The party is an opportunity to relax, to enjoy it. This is one thing that I will never give up. “
Far from the pomp and glitter of birthdays celebrated at the Palais de Tokyo or the Pavillon Gabriel, the one organized on Friday in the company of some of his teammates at his home in Bougival, took place in a small committee and while sober. In any case, this is what the images broadcast on social networks tell us by Neymar, Mauro and Wanda Icardi or even Marquinhos and his wife Carol.
At the end of December when he was suspected of organizing a New Year’s Eve in the midst of a pandemic to which nearly 500 guests were invited, the Brazilian had also silenced the rumor by unveiling the sober preparations on the web. According to our information, it is however a good hundred people, all provided with a negative test for the coronavirus, who had then celebrated the passage to 2021.
Not what, of course, to draw the slightest conclusion, both on the course of this 29th anniversary as on a possible link with the absence of the player in training. Nor is the gastroenteritis that kept him at home enough to ensure that the Brazilian will be absent on the lawn of the Velodrome.
Beware of reunion with Alvaro Gonzalez
Quite the contrary. This Saturday evening, the trend as to his chances of boarding the flight to Marseille this Sunday morning was optimistic. Good news for Canal +, which is back in full swing. For the show for which the Brazilian is one of the best ambassadors.
But also for the people of Marseille and Paris, assured by his presence that this return match will not lack salt: after having slashed against a background of racism during the sulphurous clasico of September won by OM at the Parc (0-1) , to have copiously roamed on social networks after the Parisian victory at the Champions Trophy (2-1), Neymar and the Marseillais Alvaro Gonzalez will have the opportunity to meet again. Let’s just hope that this 100th clasico does not give birth to another stroke.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr