PSG striker, Neymar, was his usual modest self in an interview before his club’s Champions League game against Real Madrid. The Brazilian feels sympathy for the season the reigning European Champions are having, but fears another crushing defeat is inevitable:
“It is Real Madrid but I don’t fear them. Have you seen them play this season? I want to be respectful, I really do…. but they are getting beaten by teams like Leganes at home. We could end up humiliating them”
It’s a question of how many
Neymar recently hit the headlines for offering a fallen Rennes player a hand up before pulling it away. Now the new star of French football is wondering how many goals he will score against Real:
“When I was playing for Barca, the only games that really mattered in the league every year were against Real in the Classico. It was nearly always first versus second. Now Real are fighting Eibar for a place in Europe next season. They better qualify via the league because we’re going to stick around 8 past them. I plan to score about 4 and I’ll probably let Edison have one”.
Zidane has struggled this season to get his Madrid side to hit anywhere near the same heights as last year. Crushing defeats against lower table opposition has made it feel eerily like when David Moyes took over at Old Trafford. He pled for mercy before the big match:
“Neymar might take a lot of nonsense but he’s right, we don’t want to be humiliated. Leganes was hopefully rock bottom for us but I’ve said that a few times this season. We’re playing so badly that it could be a cricket score. We’re pleading for some sort of leniency”
PSG are strong favourites based on the fact that they’re not playing brutal football but the scars of losing in dramatic fashion to Barca last year perhaps haven’t healed completely. Neymar though, doesn’t think that’s a factor because “I wasn’t here last year”.