Paris Saint-Germain, PSG coach Christophe Galtier on Friday said there was no bad blood between star forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Neymar insisted on taking the team’s second penalty against Montpellier last Saturday after Mbappe had missed the first. Mbappe did not celebrate after Neymar converted the spot kick.
Galtier called the apparent differences between the two an “epiphenomenon”, suggesting the spat was not a symptom of any deeper problem. PSG coach said;
“We saw each other quickly the next day to iron out all that, to say what we had to say to each other,”
Other potential penalty takers include Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos, said Galtier, adding that it was “important for our strikers to score goals, to keep the confidence”.
Against Montpellier, in his first competitive game since opting to stay in Paris rather than join Real Madrid, the 23-year-old Mbappe scored in a 5-2 win but cut a frustrated, unhappy and even isolated figure.
Last season, Mbappe was PSG’s outstanding performer, scoring 39 goals in all competitions, while Neymar struggled. Yet the 30-year-old Brazilian has seemed rejuvenated this season, scoring five goals in three games.
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