Memories are still fresh from the scene of Sunday’s spat between Edison Cavani and Neymar, during PSG Ligue 1 tie against Olympique Lyon at the Parc des Prince.
The pair clashed on a number of occasions, asides the free kick and penalty incident, as footages highlighted Neymar refusing to pass the ball to the Uruguayan forward when better placed.
Unconfirmed reports surfaced earlier in the week that the Brazilian superstar had un-followed Cavani on his Social Media pages, a rumour if verified will amount to pettiness on the part of the world’s most expensive footballer, and a likely seed of discord which has been planted in the PSG dressing room and will grow unhindered.
Perhaps, Unai Emery should be accorded a greater portion of the blame game, due to his negligence in allocating a designated dead ball taker for the team in whatever order. Last season, following the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cavani apparently became the teams number one dead ball specialist. He was unrivalled and obviously was successful in the execution of majority of his set-out task.
Fast forward to 2017, the PSG project has grown and moved beyond global imagination, with the acquisition of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, and Dani Alves, all aforementioned players with proven abilities from free kicks, penalties and corner kicks. Emery should have sorted this out even before the first game Neymar played for the capital giants, to avoid the show of shame which was witnessed on Sunday night.
A typical example of a team with so many superstars and ego was the Chelsea team of 2006. The squad then managed by Jose Mourinho had the likes of Frank Lampard-designated dead ball specialist, Michael Ballack, Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben and Andriy Shevchenko. It was an established fact at that time Lampard had the first refusal on any set piece, hence egos didn’t clash in a team which had four national team captains present in one dressing room.
The biggest loser and gainer of whatever might be of the PSG season has to be President Nasser Al-Khelaifi. Considering the mouth-watering investments and the target of the club, Al-Khelaifi has to personally intercede in whatever personality ego which could create divisions in his pet project.
Already Dani Alves appears to have pitched tents with Neymar, and considering there is a strong Brazilian presence within the team, it makes no sense for the club hierarchy to treat the issue at hand with kid gloves.
If push comes to shove and both parties aren’t ready to sheath the sword, then the sensible thing to do is sell Cavani! A toy worth £198million is never one not to be treated like a special egg!