LIGUE 1 - PSG: the minuscule improvement on Neymar's form
From Foot Mercato, the doubts were born a few weeks ago. They are confirmed match after match. Neymar is far, far away, from his best level. Physical level first, even if he does not miss an opportunity to show that he is not paunchy either. Against Olympique de Marseille on Sunday evening, he won only 20% of the duels, leaving the feeling that he could never pass his opponent in one against one.
Technical level then, since he made a surprising waste, on simple passes. He was also often in bad luck, with damaging losses of the ball which gave rise to dangerous actions, in particular on the goal refused for offside at OM in the first period. He never weighed on the Parisian game, while Mauricio Pochettino had placed him at number 10, at the heart of the attack.
We have seen him ignore a few calls from Mbappé, and sometimes complaints about the French striker when he was not served, and he essentially sought relays with Messi in the heart of the game. The mouth, going up against Pau Lopez in the first period, at the end of the meeting, logical in view of his performance, accompanied by an ironic smile and a particularly slow approach.
There will be no psychodrama either with Mauricio Pochettino, to whom he clapped his hand on his way to the sidelines. And the Argentine coach of PSG had nothing to reproach his player, evidenced by his statement at a press conference;
“I'm happy with what Neymar has done. He showed commitment to the team. It can only get better. It is indeed time to see an improvement, otherwise doubts become certainties."