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‘Humble’ Neymar is easy to coach, says Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino, Neymar, PSG
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The PSG coach has opened up on what a joy it has been to coach Neymar in his first four months in France.

Mauricio Pochettino has found Neymar easy to coach as the ‘humble’ Brazilian is very open and always accepts instructions.

Pochettino became manager of former club Paris Saint-Germain in January. The Argentine has enjoyed a decent start by winning 19 of his opening 26 matches (D2 L5). It’s kept the club in the Ligue 1 title battle and secured a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Only Manchester City over a two-legged tie in the last-four stand in PSG’s way from reaching a second consecutive Champions League final.

If successful, it would also Pochettino’s second final in three seasons after previously doing so with Tottenham in 2018/19.

Considering City’s recent form, however, he’ll need all his star players in top form, including Neymar.

“It’s so easy with Neymar because you don’t need to do too much,” Pochettino told the Guardian.

“From day one, he’s been very open to work. He’s very humble, he listens and always accepts all the instructions in a very good way.

“Brazilian players have something special inside. They love to play football because it’s like a dance. They play like they are dancing.

“Ronaldinho was my teammate when I was a PSG player and now Neymar. They need to feel good, to feel happy to perform in the best way.”

PSG welcome City to the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.