They may be denied the chance to lock the horn again on Sunday, with both teams desperate for points – PSG as they seek to catch up to Lyon at the top of Ligue 1 and Marseille as they seek to break out of mid-table and back into mid-table. hunting for European qualifications.
Manchester ‘ Liberator Cup victory over Santos on Saturday named as a Portuguese the coach as the winner of South America’s premier cup competition for the second time in a row. Last season it was Jorge Jesus which led Flamengo to victory.
This year, it was 42-year-old Abel Ferreira who received the compliment Palm trees, who beat Santos with a late header that was disappointing at the Maracana stadium in Rio. Victory in South America is equivalent to Champions League strengthen the image of the winner Portuguese coach on Brazil and come at the end of the year where Brazil clubs have experimented with foreign-born managers more than ever.
Brazilian football is notoriously narrow, with many believing their unprecedented success on the world stage – it is the only country that has won World Cup five times and home to such all-time greats Skin, Ronaldo, Romario and Neymar – meaning they have little to learn from the outside world. But the success of Jesus – he also led Flamengo to Brazil league titles in 2019 – encouraging other clubs to look further Brazil and International, Atletico Mineiro, Vasco da Gama, Santos and Flamengo were among those recruiting from afar.
But Domenec Torret, sang Spaniard who replaces Jesus in Flamengo, only lasted three months before being fired. Jesualdo Ferreira of Portugal took the lead Santos just for 15 games before heading back across the Atlantic. Compatriot Ricardo Sa Pinto is on Vasco da Gama just for two months and Venezuelan Rafael Dudamel was on Atletico Mineiro for a shorter time than that.
Abel Ferreira just arrived at Palm trees in November with a reputation as the best young player. Palm trees boasted an army full of young talent, with Gabriel Menino, 20, Danilo, 19, and Patrick de Paula, 21, all played a part in Saturday’s win.
Ferreira became the third non-South American coach to win the region’s premier club competition, afterwards Jesus and Croatian Mirko Jozic, who won with Colo-Colo in 1991. (Editing by Daniel Wallis)
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Neymar is Paris Saint Germain Commissioned Officer. It took longer than it should have gotten 100 games for the club, but now the Brazilian is there. After the beating Montpellier4-0 on Friday night – scoring the crucial second goal to make the game undoubtedly – this is the perfect time to look at his century, highs, lows, problems and solutions.
First things first: reaching 100 games in all competitions for one club is fairly common, but scoring 81 goals and adding 46 assists over the first 100 games was much rarer. Neymar’s numbers were frankly out of this world. When you consider that he is a playmaker, far from being a classic striker like Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Carlos Bianchi – the only two players in PSG history with better goals-per-match ratios of 0.86 and 0.88, respectively, compared to Neymar’s 0.81 – are even more impressive.
Neymar has also spread his contribution to dispel the notion of being a bully for the superpower in the league. He scored 51 goals in 60 Ligue 1 matches, 21 in 25 games in the Champions League and nine in 15 games in the domestic cup. The types of goals he scores are also very different: free kicks and penalties, individual attempts after slalom through a dense defense, one-touch finishes such as against Montpellier, right foot, left foot, long range, but mostly from deep. box. The header is not his only with a 5-foot-9, but everything else is in his locker.
What’s more, Neymar’s influence at PSG since his move from Barcelona in the summer of 2017 is amazing. His win rate is 79% and he has lost only 13 games in which he has played (with 8 draws). Again, this is a phenomenal number and before the criticism flooded the level of opponents he faced in Ligue 1, his Champions League record for Paris was also very special (just five defeats).
In its 100 matches, of course there was the Champions League final last August, where PSG lost 1-0 Bayern Munich. The Brazilian almost took the club to the elusive European trophy, which is the main reason the club seduced him. He failed at the final hurdle, but undeniably took his team over the edge. Of his three seasons in Paris, the only time he was completely fit was during the knockout stages, he led PSG to the final of the Champions League. Prior to that, his injury got the better of the Paris continental campaign and they couldn’t win without it.
At the ESPN FC exclusive, Kevin Trapp briefly discussed his time playing with Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain.
Therein lies what is arguably the greatest low of his century: all the games that Neymar has missed. When he reaches 100 games, there are 87 games he has not played since joining the club. Whether due to injury, suspension, special dispensation, a positive COVID-19 test or rest: there are many reasons why, but in the end it is too much. For comparison Kylian Mbappe, who joined PSG at the same time, reached his milestone of 100 games in November 2019. This season, for example, Neymar made 15 appearances in 28 team matches.
There was also controversy throughout his three and a half years in Paris. His own attitude around Ligue 1, the way he deals with being the target of opponents – remember the newest Classic clash against Marseille – Her tendency to show boats in play and her bombastic style all cause problems. There have been negatives around him since Day 1 in Paris, although the noise is much quieter in 2021 as the Brazilian star’s mood and mindset have changed.
Between the first game of the century and the 100th game, his perception of him was different. He’s different too. When he first arrived in Paris, he had a hard time adjusting. He also struggles to forget about what he left behind at Barcelona, unable to fully embrace being at Paris and at PSG while adapting and understanding French football. One hundred matches later, Neymar is arguably playing the best football of his life. He is older (he turns 29 in February), more mature and more professional. Sources tell ESPN that she now employs an in-house chef, preparing proper meals for her. Her lifestyle is better, her focus is better. He ended up happily in Paris as a man and as a football player.
The club’s positive direction has no doubt helped. Mauricio Pochettino’s new manager, who took the job on January 2, already has a strong relationship with him. They talk a lot and sources say the couple understand each other. Poch wants Neymar to be fitter and better prepared, and they are already working on plans to keep him injury free for a longer period of time.
After Friday’s big win and personal achievement, PSG gave Neymar a special shirt with the number 100 shirt and his name on the back, and a medal with 100 engraved on it to mark the occasion. And as negotiations continue to extend his contract at Parc des Princes beyond June 2022, the message from the club personally is clear: this is for the next 100 and many, many more.
Neymar has admitted that he once considered quitting football.
It is not clear at what point in his career Paris Saint Germain and the Brazilian ace thought of moving away from the game but in an interview with Giffer magazine, it seems he had had enough at one stage.
“One time I wondered if I wanted to continue playing football, because people didn’t like it,” he said.
“One day I came home with a hot head and then I started remembering everything I did to get here. The love I have for football calms me down and it brings me back to reality.”
In the same article, Neymar insists he is immune to pressure.
“I am a person who can handle pressure easily, that’s why I was 10th in the Brazilian team, PSG and I am only Neymar,” he said.
“I’m very grateful to be able to represent teams like PSG and Brazil. I know I have to give 100 percent when I play because that’s what everyone expects.”
Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona to break a record £ 200 million in 2017.
The 28-year-old has been linked with a return to Barcelona but can now be arranged to extend his stay in France.
Neymar submitted a transfer request to PSG in July 2019, but it is understood he is ready to sign a new long-term contract to keep him at the Parc des Princes.
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Last month, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said the club was confident it would agree to contract extensions with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Neymar also made it clear he wants to stay in the French capital after scoring a hat-trick in PSG’s last Champions League group stage match against Istanbul Basaksehir in December.
“I’m very happy here in Paris,” he said. “I am very happy at this club, with my team-mates. The idea of leaving hasn’t crossed my mind.
“We need to talk. We have a very good relationship. I am very happy and we will see what happens in the future.”