“It’s Emery’s fault”

Ex-Santos boss Muricy Ramalho says Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery is to blame for the penalty dispute between Neymar and Edinson Cavani, calling him a “banana”.

The two forwards appeared to argue over who was to take the penalty during PSG’s victory over Lyon on Sunday. Cavani, not €222 million man Neymar, was eventually the striker chosen for spot-kicking duty – only to have his shot saved by Anthony Lopes.

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Former Santos manager Muricy, who coached Neymar between 2011 to 2013, says that Emery is to blame for the disagreement between the two strikers, slating his disorganisation for not allocating a penalty-taker himself and believes the “poor” policy is a poor one will prove to be costly.

“This team and that coach are very disorganised,” Muricy said on SporTV (via Goal) . “It’s his [Emery’s] fault for what happened.

“Here, I always defend the coaches, but this one is guilty. It’s a mess. Everything comes out of a lecture. There is no such thing.”

And former Santos boss Ramalho, who coached Neymar between 2011 and 2013, thinks that policy is a poor one, arguing Emery deserves blame for the in-fighting between the Brazil and Uruguay attackers.

The duo was also embroiled in another disagreement between Neymar and Cavani as they fought over who was to take a free-kick, with defender Dani Alves having to intercede on behalf of his compatriot.

Muricy has described Emery as a “banana” and said that it is his sole responsibility to decide who would take crucial set-pieces from dangerous positions.

“Who is going to take a corner should be clear, who is going to take a free kick foul should be clear, everything should be set. This is the coach’s mess,” continued Muricy.

“I am not against the European coaches, but this coach is not even in the same ball park [as Neymar]. He’s a banana!

“He has no morals at all. He did not define who was going to take free kicks and penalties, and the coach who does this is disorganised.

“He has to go back to Sevilla. He’s no good at PSG.”

Despite the penalty miss, PSG won the match 2-0 and remain top of Ligue 1. The side have six wins in as many games, above Monaco with three points.