Brazilian star Neymar, offered an interview to PSG about the current state of the club, his injury recovery process, and the Champions League rivals.
Now that almost half a season has gone by for Neymar at PSG, the Brazilian player has finally managed to establish his leadership at the club and even share it with the other main star in the squad.
But things didn’t start very comfortably for the Brazil skipper right after the World Cup, he had to endure almost literal hell due to his injury and also had to renounce to his burning desire to win a World Cup for the first time in his already impressive career.
But things went crumbling down for both him and PSG when he suffered that nasty injury, one that even pushed him to get surgery and get into a 4-month recovery process that nearly cost him his participation in the 2018 Russia World Cup.
The forward barely managed to get back in time but his level of performance wasn’t nearly as good as it was before the injury, he did what he could and was a target throughout all the competition with absolutely no sympathy directed towards him.
This new season also started on the wrong foot for him, but things are slowly getting back to normal and Neymar feels empowered with the way in which his club has overcome so many obstacles as a unit.
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 19, 2018
Paris Saint-Germain thought that making an interview with him was a good idea, the Brazilian started speaking about his injury comeback.
“Coming back and getting to play alongside and be with your teammates is always great,” said Neymar on PSG’s official website.
“It was a pretty sad situation though, with my injury and then our defeat at the World Cup, but you need to draw inspiration from such episodes and come back to focus on new objectives.”
“I think it was a tough start to the season but it was very important and the work we did was excellent. Now I feel back to 100%.”
“It was tough to adapt to my return to competition and playing matches after my injury and the operation. But now I feel really good.”
About the Champions League draw against Manchester United and the fact that they will face them with a new manager, Neymar said: “I was happy with the draw,” he added.
“They will be two great matches between two great sides. We know the quality that Manchester United have, and we know that their players have a winning mentality.”
“The coach has changed, and it will be a different playing style; they’re in the process of changing things up, but we know the quality they have.”
“I love the big matches and it’s always a pleasure to play in them. I’m very happy to be taking on Manchester United.”
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) December 19, 2018
Neymar was also very happy to talk about his role in the squad, which gives him more responsibility as the leader compared to what he did at Barcelona.
With the Catalan club, the Brazilian was too close to the right wing and Messi was the leader.
“I think it’s a position with more freedom; I have the freedom to be closer to the forwards, but at the same time it allows me to fulfill the role I’ve always had, so I feel great, and I’m happy and very motivated to play in this position,”explained Neymar.
“But I think I would be happy to play wherever he [coach Thomas Tuchel] asks me to play.”
“I think that for all players at this level, having this kind of freedom is a very good thing, because at any moment we can spark an attack that can decide a match and help the team.”
“That’s why I’m very happy to have this freedom, but I know what I have to do to deserve it – I need to provide that spark so my team can win the match.”
“We’re very happy that our link-up play is getting better and better in each match; we’re getting to know each other better as time goes by.”
“And that’s our objective: that everyone be happy to provide assists for the others to score, so that everyone ends the match happy – even though the most important thing is, of course, to win the match,” he concluded.
📸 Today's winning team in training 👏
What word would you use to describe the team spirit at @PSG_English 😃
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 17, 2018
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