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Tuchel excuses Neymar's 'human' reaction after PSG red card

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel called Neymar's red card in their 4-3 win over Bordeaux a "human" reaction.

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Tuchel excuses Neymar's 'human' reaction after PSG red card
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar was exempt from blame for his sending off in a 4-3 win over Bordeaux on Sunday after head coach Thomas Tuchel refused to criticise a reckless tackle.

Brazil international Neymar was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Bordeaux's Yacine Adli in added time of the Ligue 1 clash at the Parc des Princes.

The 28-year-old had an angry exchange with referee Willy Delajod and then appeared to sarcastically applaud the officials as he left the pitch.

However, Tuchel believed Neymar's reaction was a natural one given he felt the PSG player had been fouled beforehand by Bordeaux's Youssouf Sabaly.

French soccer League One match PSG vs Bordeaux in Parc des Princes Stadium. PSG won 4-3. PSG's (blue shirt) Neymar. PSG's players were wearing a new logo on their shirts again the COVID-19 "Stay strong China". (Henri Szwarc/Contacto)    24/02/2020 ONLY FO
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French soccer League One match PSG vs Bordeaux in Parc des Princes Stadium. PSG won 4-3. PSG's (blue shirt) Neymar. PSG's players were wearing a new logo on their shirts again the COVID-19 "Stay strong China". (Henri Szwarc/Contacto) 24/02/2020 ONLY FOHenri Szwarc

Neymar is now set to miss PSG's next Ligue 1 fixture at home to Dijon on Saturday.

"We have to talk about the whole situation," Tuchel said of Neymar's challenge in his post-match media conference. He is nervous and he reacts. It is human. He must not, but it is human. And the Bordeaux player does not even get a yellow card."

PSG secured the points after a chaotic win thanks to two goals from Marquinhos and one apiece for Edinson Cavani – his 200th in all competitions for the club – and Kylian Mbappe.

It helped PSG increase their lead to 13 points over second-placed Marseille at the top of Ligue 1.

And Tuchel acknowledged the win helped boost morale as they produced a positive reaction to a 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

"The victory is the most important thing now because there are things to improve, it is clear," added the German coach. The players lack a little confidence after a defeat. It's like that. We can see that a lot of teams in Europe after a defeat it's always a little difficult to regain spirit and confidence."

Brazilian defender Marquinhos feels PSG must work hard to improve their defensive performances after leaking seven goals in their past two Ligue 1 games.

"On the one hand we are really very strong offensively, but on the other we concede a lot of goals," he told Canal+. As defenders we really have to think about what we can do best. In this match it was mainly on set-pieces. We really have to work better collectively."

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