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Rennes manager Hervé Gourvennec claimed PSG’s £180m signing of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé was the transfer of the decade and refused to be drawn on the penalty decision that led to a 4-2 win for PSG in Paris.
The game lasted just 79 minutes, with PSG scoring the game’s first goal in the opening seven minutes and winning through goals from Brazilian forward Neymar, who found the net for the second consecutive game, and Layvin Kurzawa, and the home side were on the receiving end of the controversial spot-kick in the 82nd minute.
In defeat after a flurry of goals late in the match, they remain top of Ligue 1.
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Gourvennec said: “I always think I’m in the wrong profession, in which case, I don’t think I have the right job – I thought I was the wrong guy for Rennes because of all the media pressure and all the negative pressure. And it’s now been a decade since the greatest transfer in the history of the game. PSG bought Neymar, a huge superstar player, and doubled the salary of that player.”
Gourvennec claimed the match should have been stopped because of the result – PSG won in 82 minutes or on penalties. “Two fouls, not two incidents, but two fouls in one minute,” he said. “I think for the good of the game, they should stop the game because of a decision like that.
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“I won’t take the responsibility for that. My players, my fans are injured. For me, I think if you are injured you are not really the better player. Not just me. That’s why you see that all the time, players that are injured end up getting injured, ending up suffering from different injuries. That’s why it’s dangerous.”
Gourvennec suggested Mbappé, too, could benefit from a similar challenge. “I think he’s going to get a lot of attention,” he said. “He’s going to hear more whistles, more criticism. That’s the tragedy.”
Gourvennec rejected PSG’s claim that referee Stephane Lannoy had made a mistake and did not pay attention to some refereeing “genie” involved. “I didn’t hear the whistle that was supposed to stop the game,” he said. “Nobody can just yell three whistles that stop the game, even if it is already 98%.”