Coach draws a line under PSG spot-kick drama

PARIS • French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Unai Emery has refused to name his first-choice penalty taker, after Neymar and Edinson Cavani's apparent falling out against Lyon last week.

The Ligue 1 leaders travel to Montpellier today looking to make it seven straights wins to start the season, after smashing spending records to compile the fearsome "MCN" front line of Neymar, Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.

But the South American pair disagreed over who should take a penalty in the 2-0 win over Lyon, before Cavani saw his effort saved by Anthony Lopes, with Neymar, who will not play today after injuring his right foot, appearing to walk away shaking his head in disgust.

"The two players who will be taking the penalties are Cavani and Neymar," Emery told a press conference on Thursday.

"(That is) because they're capable of assuming this responsibility, but other players can take them.

"During training, we practise penalties because when the decisive moment arrives and we can win a title with penalties, we will need more than two.

"Last year, the penalty taker was Cavani, this year with the arrival of Neymar, there are two. Who is number one and who is number two, I will make that decision."

Despite the furore over the penalty drama, PSG have been in irresistible form and lead reigning French champions Monaco by three points at the top of the early table.

However, Spaniard Emery may opt to make some changes for the trip to Montpellier with Wednesday's Champions League Group B clash against Bayern Munich in mind.

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