Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel admits he can understand the anger of fans towards wantaway forward Neymar.
The Brazilian, who is desperate to leave the Ligue 1 side, did not feature in the comfortable 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday.
Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel Di Maria scored as the holders made the perfect start to the new season.
But Neymar, linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, was also the focus of attention with a number of fans holding a banner telling him to ‘get lost’.
Tuchel, quoted in L’Equipe, said: “It’s tricky. I don’t know what to say. I saw it on my colleagues’ smartphones because I did not hear them (the chants) during the match.
“Can I understand it? Yes and no. He’s still our player, my player, and I protect all my players.
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“He’s in my dressing room. I can understand that not everyone has liked what he has said and done.”
It was not just a banner fans held up to make their feelings known, as they started chanting ‘Neymar, hijo da puta’, which translates to ‘Neymar, you son of a b****’.
Cavani’s penalty, following a VAR review on 25 minutes, gave PSG an interval lead before second-half goals from Mbappe and Di Maria put the result beyond doubt.
Asked if Neymar’s creativity was missing, Tuchel said: “It’s always missing because he can find solutions that only he can find. He can open space with movement, an injection of pace, one on ones…”
Cavani put the champions ahead with a penalty after Nimes defender Pablo Martinez handled in the box with the spot kick awarded by VAR.
Further goals came after the break from Mbappe and Di Maria early on.
Mbappe, twice, and Cavani both squandered further opportunities as PSG pressed for a fourth goal late on, while Nimes went close to a consolation in the closing stages through Antonin Bobichon and Renaud Ripart.