The Brazilian superstar signed a capital match on Wednesday night against Belgrade Red Star.
“Not yet 100%.” That's what was saying Thomas Tuchel about NeymarTuesday, on the eve of the game against Belgrade Red Star. “It's the beginning of the season. The big dates only come from February-March “, confirmed Neymarwhich also ensured that he had “not changed”. Except that the Neymar cuvée 2018-19 has indeed changed, as we can see for several weeks. A Neymar smiling, relaxed and more human. There are jerseys offered to kids on the Ligue 1 lawns, yes. But it's more than that. It was enough to see the Brazilian walk on the lawn of the Parc des Princes more than two hours after the final whistle on Wednesday night, smiling, accompanied by his family for a photo opportunity. Neymar who feels good in Paris, with Thomas Tuchel, well in his pumps. And inevitably, it is reflected in his performance … Once again in this role of playmaker who is decidedly like a glove, “Ney” signed a performance of high-flying to guide PSG to a big victory (6-1) on the champion of Serbia, undefeated since 34 matches in all competitions.
A Neymar XXL. “Triple plus XXL (smile), Eric Choupo-Moting has fun. Very strong. When he really wants to play, everyone wants to watch him play … “The Park took full effect the mirettes, with grigris which the Brazilian has the secret, this small bridge in the surface at the end of the first period , or his two free-kick marvels, one in the first half to open the scoring (20e) and one at the end of the match, to complete his work (81e). Just after his first goal, he came to double the lead on a nice combination with Kylian Mbappé (22).e). It is only the third player to make a hat-trick in C1 with Paris, after Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Layvin Kurzawa. Accelerations, the good chemistry between individual feats and the desire to make others shine. “We like it that way,” smiled Presnel Kimpembe.
“The best match this season? Yes, but not only for me, for the whole team »
Certainly, it was “only” the Red Star opposite. But this kind of performance is not trivial. “We wanted to play fast, with intensity and to win. We did it, rejoice the evening hero, ball of the match in the hands. I am very happy to have scored three goals, to have this ball. But I am especially happy with the victory. Winning is what matters to me the most, whether I score or not. But when we win and I score, I'm even happier. “And he often has the opportunity to be this time, with 10 goals in 10 games this season. This brings his total to 38 goals in 40 matches since his arrival in Paris. “The best match this season? Yes, but not only for me, for the whole team, “he says.
Indeed, PSG made a full match on Wednesday. Like what he shows from Liverpool. “The PSG is not only Neymar. That's marketing. Sportingly one is a whole group, underlines Thomas Meunier, having praised the quality of the match of his teammate Auriverde. Neymar without us or us without Neymar, it would not go in the right direction. Simply, we will work for him and will make sure we (guide). “And the Belgian add, a few microphones later:” The great Neymar … We can be proud to have a player like this in our team and he can be proud to be surrounded as well (smile). “He is also surrounded by a certain Edinson Cavani. What he tends to forget … The number of Neymar passes for the Matador Wednesday? Zero. Against 19 for Mbappé, 11 for Di Maria and 11 for Verratti. Cavani however received only 27 balls in this match and none of his teammates sent him more than two passes, with the exception of Juan Bernat (5) and Julian Draxler (3), the latter having entered the 76e.
“I loved the team's effort, but Neymar was sensational”
Still, Neymar has also shone in dark tasks, replacement, pressing. Unlike the match of Anfield and the image of all his teammates. The poor Serbs did not have time to breathe, asphyxiated. And that could only please the demanding Thomas Tuchel, who spent long seconds congratulating his playmaker on the meadow, after the final whistle, whispering sweet words to his ear. An astonishing image but which symbolizes the very special relationship between the German coach and his players, “Ney” in the lead, he who has never “whined”, to use his words, despite the protrusions not always regulatory his opponents (8 fouls suffered). “I really liked the team's effort, but Neymar was sensational. We felt he had the desire to make a top match, to be decisive, to recover the balloons, to be at the heart of the game … Having the best player in Europe is extraordinary. “Relayed on Tuchel corrected himself: “Neymar is one of the best players in Europe, but the team is playing together at a very high level.” One thing is certain: after this kind of delivery of “Ney”, forgotten jokes, whining and simulations. We only talk about his talent. All the better.