Paris Saint-Germain’s new coach Thomas Tuchel has described Neymar as a champion who will bounce back from Brazil’s disappointing World Cup.
After missing the last two months of the Ligue 1 season with a fractured foot, Neymar returned for Russia 2018 but could not inspire Tite’s side to glory.
The 26-year-old scored twice at the World Cup but drew a blank in Brazil’s shock quarterfinal defeat to Belgium.
Neymar described Brazil’s World Cup exit as the “saddest moment of my career” but Tuchel thinks PSG’s star man will recover quickly from that setback.
“Everything impacts everything. I don’t think he needed this to be extra motivated,” Tuchel told reporters on Friday.
“He is a big player. He knows how to handle victories and he knows how to handle losses. In sport, you have challenges to bounce back. He will bounce back. He is a champion.”
Neymar, who was snubbed in the 10-man Fifa Best Player shortlist, is yet to return to PSG duty and will not be available for their next pre-season game, an International Champions Cup clash against former coach Unai Emery’s Arsenal in Singapore.
“Players will return on a day to day basis. There is a possibility to explain why different approaches for different players when it comes to returning,” Tuchel said.
“We believe everybody needs a certain time for rejuvenation after the demands of the season especially players who played several league games and World Cup without pause. Playing at that kind of level, we need to let the player rest.”