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Ronald Koeman blast PSG’s Di Maria over comment on Messi.

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Koeman did express his delight with his team’s performance on the night after Barca came back from two goals down in normal time and then scored three goals in extra time.

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has hit out at Angel Di Maria over the PSG forward’s comments suggesting Lionel Messi could join him in Paris next season.

Messi’s contract at Camp Nou expires at the end of the season and PSG have been mentioned as a possible destination, in part because they are one of only a handful of clubs that could afford the Argentine star’s massive wages.

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PSG’s sporting director Leonardo has opened the door to a move, telling France Football last month: “Great players like Messi will always be on PSG’s list. But this is of course not the time to talk about it, or to dream about it.”

Di Maria echoed his sporting director’s comments on Wednesday after his side’s 3-0 win over Nimes.

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“Yes, yes, I hope so,” Di Maria told Canal Plus of a possible PSG move for his international team-mate. “There are many possibilities. We have to be calm and things will develop.”

Koeman got word of those comments and speaking after Barcelona defeated Granada 5-3 in an extra-time thriller in the Copa del Rey, the Dutch manager accused Di Maria of being disrespectful.

“It seems to me a lack of respect. Someone can be wrong in saying something like that,” Koeman said.

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“It is not fair, I do not think it is respectful towards Barca to speak like that of a player who is ours. So many people from PSG talk a lot about Leo, who plays for Barca.

“Besides, we have a tie against them,” Koeman added, referring to the teams’ upcoming Champions League last-16 matchup.

Koeman did express his delight with his team’s performance on the night after Barca came back from two goals down in normal time and then scored three goals in extra time.

“It’s incredible,” Koeman added. “The football is incredible. I think we’ve done well. We had chances to win the game earlier.

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“The team has been huge. In the last five minutes of the second half, we scored two goals. Then extra time was incredible

“The first thing that stands out about the team is their mentality. We never stop trying.”

Story Source: Goal.com

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Shocking: Di Maria, Neymar and Paredes tests positive for Coronavirus

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Neymar is the 3rd player to test positive for COVID-19 in the PSG 1st team squad, after Leandro Paredes & Angel di Maria, according to L’Equipe.

The French champions who last month lost the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, had said on Monday two unnamed players had presented with coronavirus symptoms.

French sports daily L’Equipe reported the players could be Argentinian duo Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes, who spent their holidays together in Ibiza.

PSG are set to start their Ligue 1 title defence at Lens on September 10.

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Neymar and Di Maria Calls Messi

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There is serious interest in Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain, so much so that Neymar and Angel Di Maria have been in touch with the Blaugrana captain.

Sporting director Leonardo has already met with the Argentine’s representatives to talk about the project in Paris.

For the moment, Messi would prefer to join Manchester City, but that’s not stopping PSG’s players from trying to convince him otherwise.

According to Le Parisien, Neymar and Di Maria have made contact with their good friend in an attempt to persuade him to move to the Parc des Princes.

The pair have played with Messi for club and country, and their presence in the PSG dressing room would make it easy for the forward to settle in should he move there.


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Di Maria on fire!!!

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PSG finally have finally earned a shot at the Champions League final after breezing through RB Leipzig with a 3-0 victory on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich or Lyon await in the final, as the Parisians celebrated semi-final success for the first time after crashing-out at the last-16 for the past three seasons, waiting a record 110 games for their big moment.

Though a routine victory for Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co, there was plenty to ponder before the final as we look at the seven things we learned from Lisbon.

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Di Maria drags PSG home
Among the stunning front-three Tuchel fielded on Tuesday, those tuning in may not have expected Angel Di Maria to be the man who dragged PSG over the line.

While Mbappe and Neymar failed to deliver on their world class status in front of goal, Di Maria stepped up with a man of the match performance – scoring and providing two assists.

The Argentine first swung in a pin-point free-kick for Marquinhos to head in un-marked before tapping-in cooly himself after panicking Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi into a clumsy pass, which was lifted back to Di Maria for 2-0.

The former Manchester United star capped off his night in the 55th minute, staying alert amid protests from Leipzig defenders to find Juan Benat in the box, who headed in the third.

If Bayern Munich do steam through Lyon as expected, young Alphonso Davies could be in for a tough night against the experience of the in-form 31-year-old.

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Neymar’s shooting boots go missing
Sweat will have begun to bead on the forehead of any PSG fan when, after five minutes, Neymar missed his first chance of the night.

Mbappe played a perfectly-weighted ball through to the Brazilian who was one-on-one with Gulacsi, only for the winger to poke the ball onto the post.

Since joining from Barcelona in 2017, Neymar has been unmistakably linked to PSG’s Champions League heartbreaks, even when he wasn’t on the pitch.

The Brazilian was shut-out by Real Madrid in a 3-1 defeat to the Spaniards in 2017-18 before Neymar sat-out injured for the second-leg, watching a 2-1 defeat from the sidelines.

Last season the 28-year-old was again absent as Manchester United turned around a 2-0 first-leg defeat to sneak through with a 3-3 victory on away goals.

Di Maria’s brilliance may have been the decider on Tuesday, but all eyes will be on Neymar once again for the final.

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Mukiele has Premier League potential
Dayot Upamecano may be the higher rated of RB Leipzig’s centre-backs but clubs looking to reinforce in defence this summer could do a lot worse than the man to his right in Lisbon.

Nordi Mukiele has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer and showed flashes of why the Premier League champions see him as a viable option.

The defender looked comfortable on the big stage barring a slip-up which led to PSG’s final goal, powerfully shutting down Neymar and Mbappe on multiple occasions.

The 22-year-old right-back made 37 appearances for Leipzig this season and although he still has three years left on his contract in Germany, Mukiele will be being watched closely by Europe’s elite.

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Leipzig feel Werner’s absence
It always seemed unlikely that Leipzig would go unaffected by the loss of their all-time record goalscorer.

Timo Werner scored four goals in the Bundesliga side’s route to the quarter-finals before making his £54m move to Chelsea, opting to join Frank Lampard’s squad for pre-season.

Dani Olmo and Tyler Adams scored in Leipzig’s stunning 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid to reach the semi-final but Julian Nagelsmann – who chose to set-up more defensively on Tuesday – couldn’t work around the German’s absence against Presnel Kimpembe and Thiago Silva.

Leipzig fired only three of their 14 shots on target, something that will be Nagelsmann’s primary concern this summer.

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Nagelsmann comes unstuck
Thomas Tuchel is credited as the man who ‘shaped me the most’ by Julian Nagelsmann. The difference between master and apprentice became clear in Lisbon.

The 33-year-old former Hoffenheim coach is the Bundesliga’s youngest ever boss and recorded an impressive third-place in the German top-flight this season.

However, his decision to switch to a more negative setup proved fatal as PSG took control from the off, with Leipzig never truly slowing the flow of Parisian attacks.

Nagelsmann’s rise to the top isn’t complete yet and Tuesday night demonstrated that he is in the perfect place to develop before his inevitable big move comes.

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