He was criticised. He was underestimated. He was labelled a €222 million flop. Fast forward to 2020, location: Lisbon. Neymar Jr finds himself carrying the PSG banner into the UEFA champions league. Gone are the past days of humiliation, Neymar has a chance to rewrite history, and fulfill the prophecy he was destined for when he left Barcelona in 2017. With the aim of winning the Ballon d or, he came to Paris to come out of the shadow of Leo Messi. With Barcelona struggling with their game vs Napoli, Neymar can steal the show with a performance against Atalanta. UEFA Champions league, it doesn’t get any bigger than this.
Neymar speaks to PSG website before the upcoming Champions league match
“During these three years I have acquired a lot of knowledge,” Neymar told PSG’s official website.“I have lived through happy moments and difficult ones, especially when the injuries didn’t allow me to play.
Neymar has been often sidelined with injuries, as his stay with PSG has often seen him miss out the big games.
“With the help of my team-mates, I was able to overcome them and focus on what really matters, our performances on the field which translate into titles.”Our fans, the club and all fans can see the fight of our team in any game.”
“I am in my best form since I arrived in Paris, the team is like a family.”
The 28 year old Brazilian sensation, scored a whooping 70 goals in his 82 PSG appearances under Thomas Tuchel’s coaching. PSG also completed the French Quadruple with their recent win, and now have sight set on the Champions league.
“We want to win the Champions League title. We will fight because we have never been so close.”
Paris Saint Germain have never progressed ahead of the Quarter finals stage of the Champions league. This time around, they have a comparitively easy route to the finals. Because they winner of PSG vs Atalanta plays with winner of Athletico vs RB Leipzig to reach the finals, PSG have thus, been remarked aa favourites to win the league.
Crack in the boat for PSG, as Mbappe gets a horror injury
There was a significant change in odds of PSG vs Atalanta, moments after Kylian Mbappe picked a horror ankle injury. The teen sensation was seen leaving the field on crutches.
Thomas Tuchel said that Mbappe needs around 3 weeks to recover and is a huge doubt for the game against Atalanta. “The deadline is very sharp” he said.
Winning the Champions league would now be considered a greater deal and motive for Neymar, as the sole responsibility lies on his shoulders.
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