Asking two of the world’s greatest players to compromise on set-pieces is a task that any manager would pass on easily. But, Unai Emery has stepped in and taken matters into his own hands by dividing the responsibilities.
The decision to grant Neymar the spot kick duties has come as a shocker to Cavani’s former Uruguayan team mate Forlan who was quoted as saying “Cavani deserves respect, he has been scoring goals for years…”.
The decision comes across as a little unfair towards Cavani, especially with a conversion rate of 22-2 since moving to the French club against Neymar’s 15-6.
Ever since Neymar and Cavani had a fall out in a 2-0 win against Lyon over a second half free-kick, there have been rumours of Emery favouring the Brazilian star over PSG’s Uruguayan goal scoring machine.
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And with Dani Alves stepping in and standing up for Neymar, Cavani had very few chances of being favoured by his fellow team-mates. According to rumours Cavanis was offered a staggering 1 million Euros to step back from his set-piece responsibilities, the club has brushed aside any rumours of a pay-out for the sacrifice.
Being the top professionals they are, both the players have never let their personal feud to come in between their professional duties. In fact, Cavani was quoted as saying that they need not be best of friends to give their hundred percent for the club.
Cavani always played the second fiddle for the four years Zlatan was the spearhead for PSG, and when his time came to be the face of the PSG attack, Nemayr and Mbappe were signed by the French giants to make things worse for Cavani. His frustration towards the club and his manager may be justified, but he hasn’t let the feud affect his performances.