Ligue 1 giants, Paris Saint-Germain are having an internal fight, as forwards Edinson Cavani and Neymar were reportedly stopped from a physical fight by skipper Thiago Silva in the dressing room following PSG’s 2-0 victory over Lyon on Sunday.
The illustrious forwards were involved in a heated on-field disagreement about who should take the penalty, with Cavani taking the kick, but missing.
Moreover, they also clashed over who should stand over the set pieces, with Dani Alves giving the ball to Neymar on one occasion.
According to French football outlet L’Equipe, the duo were then also involved in a heated argument in the dressing room, and were on the verge of physical contact. However, club skipper Thiago Silva got the two forwards apart.
According to the Daily Mirror, Cavani, who distanced himself from the team’s post-match celebrations, spoke to Neymar about his attitude after the game ended. According to Sport, the duo was then about to clash, before Brazilians Silva and Marquinhos solved the issue.
The Uruguayan then departed from the dressing room from the back door, earlier before the rest of his team-mates left.
Speaking to Gol de Medianoche de Radio Universal, Edinson Cavani was questioned about his problems with his attacking partner.
“I learned of the story just now talking with my brother, about people saying that Cavani won’t let anyone take penalties and that there’s a problem with Neymar,” the 30-year-old said. “The truth is that there’s no problem. He [Neymar] has just arrived and like I said from the off we are keen for him to adapt in the best way possible.”
According to what manager Unai Emery said about the pair having to sort their problems on their own, there is still some tension between the pair.
These reports have been the only negative point in PSG’s campaign this season so far, as they have managed 6 out of 6 wins in the Ligue 1 this term.
The on-field linkup of Cavani, Neymar and loan signing Kylian Mbappe has been brilliant this campaign so far, with Cavani leading with physicality, and the other two focusing on pace, dribbles and style.
Edinson Cavani has stepped up as the lead man of the French club after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and would surely not want to pass the responsibility on to Neymar.
On the other hand, Neymar, who joined on a world-record fee this past summer, would want to be the man in the spotlight for the Parc des Princes outfit, and prove his worth.