Neymar returned to titularity on Paris Saint-Germain this Wednesday, but the hostile reception of the fans with constant jeers probably didn’t help appeasing a relationship that has been damaged for quite some time. Then, Neymar’s attitude after the goal kind of made things even worse.
Tuchel’s side strolling through the turmoil
PSG have beaten Nantes by 2-0 in Ligue 1 last night, with goals from the usual suspects Kylian Mbappé and Neymar. However, the most significant story of the night involved the Brazilian superstar that probably hasn’t enjoyed the constant booing from the Parisian crowd.
After scoring the second goal of the club – from a penalty – and settling the result, Neymar made a point of shushing the critics and that hasn’t pleased the crowd, even because the environment has been sore for a long time, as a consequence of Neymar’s transfer request.
As it is known, the Brazilian player attempted at all costs a change at the end of the season, having been in negotiations with Barcelona for several weeks unsuccessfully.
That way, he had to stay in Paris for a longer period until finding a solution for his future, and naturally, PSG’s fans weren’t pleased with that.
During the transfer window, the Brazilian went even further, admitting he made a mistake by leaving Barcelona to play at the Parc des Princes and that was very poorly received by the Parisian club that invested on him like no other club had ever invested in any other player in the history of football.
Neymar still represents the most expensive signing in history and it certainly can’t be well accepted by a club that all that investment isn’t acknowledged by their player.
International brilliance to reconcile with the fans?
Apparently, everything that Neymar does from now on will always hardly be well-taken by the fans of the club, especially on the domestic context where PSG dominates and will invariably end up winning the Ligue 1 once again.
Right now, they are isolated in the lead with 5 more points than André Villas-Boas’ Marseille – that has one more match played – therefore, it won’t be with a lot of goals and assists on this competition that the captain of the Brazilian national team will repay the PSG fans to the point they can forgive him.
That way, it will be in the Champions League that the former Santos and Barcelona player will have to show his quality and justify why he was signed by 222 million Euros two seasons ago.
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And Thomas Tuchel’s side is making an excellent campaign in the Champions League so far, having already ensured their victory on the group ahead of the almighty Real Madrid, which means the expectations are good for the knockout stage that should begin in the month of February.
And if Neymar stays injury-free and doesn’t try to force his way out again in this next transfer window, everything suggests that he might have a great impact on the potential success of the French in the Champions League.
Right now, PSG has climbed a lot of positions on the list of favourites to the European title in 2019/20, and they already present odds of 6.50 on bookmakers such as Bet365 to lift the trophy, only behind the English behemoths Liverpool and Manchester City.
End of line for Edinson Cavani
One of the novelties on the side of PSG this season has been the blackout of Edinson Cavani that seems clearly at a stage of rupture with the club and technical staff. He recently became the top goal scorer in the history of the club and not many people would imagine that, after a year, he could be heading out.
But the arrival of Mauro Icardi seems to have hastened a potential change for the veteran Uruguayan attacker. Icardi has been taking care of business well and he is a lot younger than Cavani, which means he might be the future of the Parisian attack.
Currently, there is already a lot of speculation surrounding the clubs that might make a move for the acquisition of Cavani in January, with Atlético de Madrid giving signs that they are in the front line.
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With Diego Costa seriously injured and João Félix very far from the offensive levels that would be expected, the club only has Álvaro Morata to score goals consistently and, as we’ve been seeing, that is manifestly scarce to keep them on track to fight for titles this season.
A move to Madrid could be doubly beneficial for both parts, because it would allow Cavani to play again consistently and Atleti to have a goalscorer of proven quality that would elevate the attacking efficiency of a club that seems clearly orphan of Antoine Griezmann that left for Barcelona this Summer.