Neymar was at his best as Brazil beat Bolivia 5-0 in last night’s World Cup qualifier.
That Paris Saint Germain The star is not on the scoresheet for the Selecao but his impact on the game is still to be seen. He recorded two assists and finished the game completing an incredible 18 dribbles.
: bar_chart: Neymar vs Bolivia
2 Help 103 Touch 41 Passes (77.4% accuracy) 18 Dribble 4 Opportunities are created 2 Key pass 1 Cross 21 Ground duels won 2 times violated
And clips from some of the footage in question suggest that there aren’t really many players more entertaining to watch than Neymar in full flow.
In the first half he made a defender look like a cup when he nonchalantly flicked the ball over his head, before finding Renan Lodi’s overlapping run thanks to a beautiful backheel pass.
Obviously feeling the mood, the youth product Santos took more prisoners when he humiliated two players in the middle of the field who pressed him intensely.
He managed to turn and turn his way out of trouble, driving towards goal and putting the pass behind.
The 28-year-old isn’t done there yet. About ten minutes before Philippe Coutinho’s cross to score the game’s final goal, Neymar came close to scoring a stunning solo goal himself.
A dirty nutmeg for crushing one opponent and a roulette that sends a defender and goalkeeper to the shops to get packs of candy. It would be a goal if the ball didn’t hit the other leg as it looked like he was going to pull the trigger.
Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters at a training ground in Teresopolis that Neymar had started getting treatment but it was too early to say if he would be fit for the match at the Neoquimica Arena in Sao Paulo.
“Neymar felt pain in his lower back in training today. He was removed from training, evaluated and started physical therapy. We will travel today to Sao Paulo and he will continue to be treated and treated,” said Lasmar.
“The next 24 hours will be important to see how he will recover. A new evaluation will be made before training and then we will have a slightly better idea of his status for the game.”
Footage published by the Brazilian football confederation on social media shows Neymar placing his hands on his back and kneeling on the pitch.
Brazil already lost two starters for the opening round of World Cup qualifiers as goalkeeper Alisson and striker Gabriel Jesus both were injured.
Di Maria escaped punishment for a last-minute fight in Ligue 1 that saw PSG’s Neymar, Leandro Paredes and Layvin Kurzawa sent off. Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi also dismissed.
However, Di Maria was the subject of an investigation into his role in the scuffle after Marseille coach Andre Villas Boas said the Argentine spat on one of his players.
The league statement did not say why Di Maria was being punished. Her hold takes effect next Tuesday, meaning she is eligible for Sunday travel to Reims Stadium but will miss the match against Anger, Nimes, Dijon and Nantes.
An incident between Neymar and Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez is also being investigated and the league will make a decision after its next disciplinary meeting on September 30.
Herrera was open enough to admit that he thought he would renew his agreement at United before the circumstances brought him to Paris. In Manchester, Solskjaer’s search to bring the club back to the top of domestic and European football turmoil. Now, like other supporters, Herrera said she was “optimistic” for their future.
“I’m a fan of Ole,” Herrera told ESPN. “He was red in his heart. I think they have made some good decisions. There are still ways to fight for the title now because I think Liverpool and Manchester CityThey are very strong now, but I think [Man United] on the way.
“They have made some good decisions and they have signed several players who can give a lot to the club.”
Herrera’s affection for United is clear. A fierce and struggling midfielder who has never shied away from “dark art”, he is also popular with fans and was voted the best player of the year in 2017. He left after collecting medal winners in the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League, winning man-of-the-match award in the 2-0 win over Ajax in the final.
“I will always have a little United in my heart and I hope the best for them because the fans are amazing with me,” he said. “I will never be able to restore all this love, but I wish them all the best, of course. I enjoyed five wonderful years in Manchester. I have the best memories of the club, and I will never be able to give back all love and the love they gave me in the last few years. “
After more than 10 years as a professional, Herrera finally won his first league title at PSG Ligue 1 was canceled in response to a coronavirus pandemic. He admitted feeling “sad” that it was effectively won at government offices rather than on the field, and that it remained a source of injury that he could not win the league at English.
“The title is always the title,” Herrera said. “It is good at the end of your career to be able to say you have won these titles, but in your head you want to know you won that title in a match against that team and celebrate it with your fans. We have not been able to do it [yet]. I want to celebrate with our fans and my teammates.
“I haven’t won a league title since I became a professional, because in Manchester we have the possibility to win some trophies but not in the Premier League, so I look forward to it, but we can’t do it on the field.” The closest to Herrera to the Premier League is second only to Mourinho in 2018, but he said he believes the parts have begun to unite for Solskjaer because he looks better.
Frank Leboeuf said he could understand why Ander Herrera was upset he couldn’t celebrate PSG’s Ligue 1 title with fans.
Then there is the topic of what Man United will look like next season. Paul PogbaThe future is again in the air in front of the next transfer window, but Herrera wants to see the French people stay and function as masterminds in overhauling rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
“I haven’t talked to him for a long time and I don’t know what he wants to do,” Herrera said. “It’s true that every day in the newspaper we can read that he wants to leave, or Manchester United will sell it, but I don’t really know what he wants to do.
“[Pogba] can be the best midfielder in the world. In terms of quality, he has everything. I have never seen a midfielder who has all the qualities you can have. He can recover many balls, he can lead the ball, he can score goals, he can defend, he can attack, he is very strong and tall.
“It’s true that since he came to the club, he has ups and downs, but when he is good, he is really good. Amazing. It’s great to be able to play with him.
“I think all Manchester United fans want to see the best from Pogba. That can happen, and with Bruno Fernandes“I think Manchester United can do great things. Liverpool and Man City also do great things. That’s not easy but with Paul, Bruno, Marcus [Rashford] … they can.”
If the Premier League is allowed to start again, Solskjaer’s immediate goal is to guide his team to the top four and return to the Champions League. Meanwhile, Herrera still has a chance to win Europe’s top club competition if UEFA’s plan to finish the competition in August gets the green light. PSG have booked their place in the quarter-finals after the victory ended Borussia Dortmund, but Herrera must still be convinced that the plan can be implemented.
“I still wake up every day wondering whether this is true or not because sometimes it looks like a Hollywood movie,” he said. “You don’t know what will happen the next day and this is kind of crazy.
“I’ve read that several teams entered Spanish, Italy and German back in training, or at least doing tests and all things medical, but we don’t have news because at FranceThe prime minister said it was not possible to hold sports events until September.
“I think even the club is very lost about this situation and they don’t know what to do. If we come back now, we have almost three months before we have to play Champions League matches, it’s crazy. I think we will come back around July, something like this, to train for a month and prepare for the Champions League, but I’m not optimistic, I’m not optimistic because once there is one case I think everything will be finished. I hope I’m being honest, wrong. “
Despite developing a reputation for shooting themselves in the knockout rounds of the Champions League, PSG are among the favorites to lift the trophy if the remaining equipment can be played. And, according to Herrera, it was for good reason after a season in which he was seen Neymar and Kylian Mbappe close.
“I remember about three weeks before this situation came, I talked to Neymar and we had dinner and I said he had never been happier since I came to Paris. He said he had never felt as good as he felt now with the team and So, if one of the best players in the world, a person who can change the game and bring you a trophy, if he says that to you, imagine how I feel. I’m very optimistic. I think it’s time to do it. Something really big can happen for clubs and teams. “