Tuesday 18 June 2019 at 15:00
Great news for Chile and what is happening with Neymar? Jack Lang brings you today’s Warm-Up.
TUESDAY’S BIG STORIES
Oh, baby, give me one more chance
24 hours ago, it seemed Paris Saint-Germain were in a deep, deep, Neymar-shaped hole. Their biggest asset spent the season getting injured, moaning about his team-mates, punching fans and being late for training, and Nasser Al-Khelaifi had had enough.
“They will have to do more, work more… they are not here to have fun,” the club president glowered. “I no longer want to have superstar behaviour. If they don’t agree with this point of view, the doors are open. Ciao!”
It was the spiciest missive to come out of the Parc des Princes this side of Adrien Rabiot’s mum’s latest ravings, and very enjoyable for it. Is it wrong to take pleasure in PSG’s failings? If it is, The Warm-Up doesn’t want to be right.
Where could Neymar go exactly? Real Madrid have just signed Eden Hazard for the same position. Manchester City don’t need him, Chelsea have a transfer ban, Manchester United are pretty much the only top (‘top’) club likely to beat PSG in a crisis-off, and there’s no way Barcelona would embarrass themselves by getting him back.
But wait! It appears the Camp Nou boys actually are courting the pretty girl who dumped them for Chad with the posh car and Rolex. And while they don’t actually have enough money for a date, they’re more than happy to bribe Chad with… OK, this analogy has run its course: they’re going to offer some players in part-exchange. Ivan Rakitic, Samuel Umtiti and punctuality’s Ousmane Dembele are the… lucky ones, is it?
The Warm-Up imagines there will be some awkward phone calls coming up in the days ahead. “Hi, is that Ivan? It’s Ernesto. Now how would you like to swap one set of serial European tankers for another?”
Red hot Chile players
In actual football, a few things got settled at the Women’s World Cup: France progressed to the knockout stages with a perfect record after beating Nigeria, and have been joined by Norway, Germany, China and Spain.
Down in Brazil, it was retro night at the Copa America, with Chile All-Stars thrashing Japan. Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Jean Beausejour, Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez, Edu Vargas… one phone call to Marcelo Bielsa and we’ve got ourselves a real reunion party.
A special Warm-Up high five to bona fide QPR legend Vargas, whose brace took him to 12 Copa America goals – more than any player still in activity.