Neymar says Paris St Germain were “scared” off playing him and instead he gad to “suffer” after Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund.
The Brazilian started on the left side of a front three for PSG at the Westfalenstadion and netted an equaliser for the Ligue 1 outfit, sandwiched between Erling Haaland’s brace.
Neymar though, who has missed the last four games with a rib injury, has revealed his displeasure and said the club left him under cooked.
“It is difficult to spend four matches without playing, but, unfortunately, it was not my choice,” Neymar told French broadcaster RMC Sport.
“It was a choice made by the club, the doctors. They took this decision and I did not like it.
“We had lots of discussions about this because I wanted to play. I felt good but the club was scared. In the end, I am the one who suffers.”
PSG have suffered in the Champions League in previous seasons with defeats to Real Madrid and Manchester United eliminating them in the round of 16 – and on both occasions Neymar was absent through injury.
“I understand the fear that the club was suffering from, because in the last two years I was not able to play in the round of 16,” added Neymar.
“I respect the decision, but it cannot be like this, because the player ends up suffering.
“It was very difficult to play a match like this, intense, 90 minutes without stopping. It is different.
“Had I been in better shape, I would certainly have played better.”
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel told L’Equipe that he though his side lacked rhythm.
“We have made twice as many matches as Dortmund in recent weeks. We have had injury concerns with key players, they lack the rhythm, the hardness of the competition, as we saw with Neymar,” he said.