Paris Saint Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has defended Neymar Jr’s furious reaction to Manchester United’s penalty in the Champions League loss on Wednesday.
It was a rather harsh night for the Brazilian, as he watch his team crash out of the Champions League, despite having a two goal lead prior to the fixture.
Neymar was unable to feature alongside his teammates, still nursing a metatarsal injury he picked up in January, which ruled him out for ten weeks.
The Brazilian took to Instagram after the game, to make his point. Blasting Rashford’s 94th minute penalty, saying it[handball] simply didn’t exist.
Tuchel has however, termed the striker’s reaction as natural and asked not to be ‘too harsh on him’.
“Sometimes when you remember yourself in a big, big fight and you remember being very emotional you use words and you react in a way that you take back some hours later,” he said.
“You see how emotional he is and how he lives with us and how badly he wanted to help us and Ney, coming back – latest in the quarter-finals – and coming today and biting his nails for every game we play without him. So don’t be too harsh on him.
“It’s, like I said, hard to accept for all of us who could not play and could do nothing.
“I would not over-interpret the use of his words in the heat of the challenge and the moment of the decision. It’s quickly typed into a smartphone.”