Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva says the ongoing uncertainty surrounding star man Neymar was no excuse for their performance as they were deservedly beaten 2-1 at Rennes on Sunday night.After initially leading through Edinson Cavani, the Ligue 1 champions were pegged back on the stroke of half-time by M’Baye Niang before Romain Del Castillo headed in a superb winner shortly after the break.Speaking on Canal+ after the game, Silva was asked if the transfer speculation around his Brazilian compatriot had affected the side as they slumped to a surprise defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “It’s hard, right?” he said. “For everyone, the club, and for us, the players. But that isn’t an excuse. It isn’t because of that that we’ve been less focused tonight. Ney wasn’t here and we have to concentrate on ourselves, and about all we need to do this season. It’s a shame to lose in the second game of the season.“It was a difficult match. We started well, we opened the scoring but then we relaxed a bit, and I don’t know why we lost our concentration.“It was a shame to concede at the end of the first half, and then at the beginning of the second half we concede a goal that we wouldn’t usually concede. We are going to lift our heads up, think about the next game and try to improve, because today it wasn’t the PSG we know.”He added: “We worked well, but this is only the beginning of the season. This is not an excuse, because Rennes played well. They were solid and more attentive. I do not know exactly what happened. It will be better in the next matches.’Manager Thomas Tuchel had similar thoughts about his side’s display, after watching a lethargic performance. Though PSG saw more of the ball than their opponents, they created fewer shooting opportunities and never managed to pose a consistent threat to Rennes’ lead.But, with Neymar’s move to either Barcelona or Real Madrid thought to be moving closer to a conclusion at last, Tuchel wasn’t able to offer any update on the transfer.Next up for PSG is a clash with Toulouse next Sunday in the club’s third match of the Ligue 1 campaign.PSG topped Nimes 3-0 in the club’s opener behind goals from Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Angel di Maria.The champions currently sit eighth in Ligue 1 with Lyon, Nice and Rennes currently tied atop the table with six points from two matches.
Manchester United are keeping a close eye on Rostov midfielder Mathias Normann as they look to add some more depth to their midfield.The Old Trafford side have endured a difficult start to the 2019-20 campaign and are keen to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window.Christian Eriksen and Mario Mandzukic are among their main transfer targets, but United are exploring other options, too. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees the 23-year-old Normann as a relatively cheap alternative to shore up United’s midfield, with players such as Fred and Nemanja Matic failing to adequately fill the void left by Ander Herrera’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain.Normann has enjoyed an impressive start to the season and won the Russian Premier League Player of the Month in September, while also making his debut for Norway against Malta.Solskjaer is well aware of the talents of his compatriot having managed Normann at Molde in 2017 and 2018 after they signed him on loan from Brighton. Normann eventually left Brighton for Rostov after struggling to get first-team football and has since made a name for himself in the Russian top flight.The versatile midfielder – who prefers a defensive role – has played in all but one of his team’s matches so far this season, contributing a goal and three assists to his side’s title push.Tottenham and Sevilla are both monitoring Normann’s situation as well, with Rostov valuing the midfielder at £15-20 million ($18-24m).United’s interest in Normann is unrelated to their ambition to lure West Ham midfielder Declan Rice to Old Trafford ahead of next season, with Kalidou Koulibaly and Jadon Sancho other names high on the club’s shortlist. The Red Devils are looking to freshen up their squad after a number of underwhelming campaigns and already brought in the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James ahead of the 2019-20 season.They currently sit 12th in the Premier League table with nine points from eight games, with Liverpool awaiting after the international break.
He also said that there was a serious danger for the Tamils if they rely on the LLRC or any other domestic accountability process for answers. Ponnambalam also spoke of the grave inadequacy of the two UNHRC resolutions to curb the systematic anti Tamil measures that he claims are being unleashed in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) President of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) and General Secretary of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) Gajen Ponnambalam, who is currently in Denmark, has briefed Danish parliamentarians on the situation in Sri Lanka.Speaking at a conference in the Danish Parliament, Ponnambalam said that there was a systematic dismantling of the Tamils living as a distinct nation in Sri Lanka.