The image went around the world at the final whistle of PSG-Bayern on Tuesday: Neymar falling into the arms of Paredes under the eyes of Joshua Kimmich. Discover this sequence from all angles thanks to the exceptional film of the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League, which sealed the qualification of the Parisian club for the semi-finals.
PSG has definitely cast out its old demons against Bayern Munich and put the remoradas in the ray of bad memories. Otherwise, how to explain such an explosion of joy from the men of Mauricio Pochettino after the defeat on Tuesday in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League and this “Pu ** madre” released by Neymar to evacuate the frustration? The Parisians knew they were eagerly awaited in this competition, of which they were certainly the outgoing finalists but in a 2020 edition whose format had been changed along the way.
The esprit de corps has guided Parisians
Exiting defending FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich after a double confrontation each time is a feat of a whole new caliber, given what it takes in terms of physical and moral commitment. The esprit de corps has guided Paris Saint-Germain towards this feat which will be a milestone in its history, whatever the outcome of the competition for the capital club. PSG have shown impressive collective sense and sacrifice. And in this area, Neymar stood out.
Never had the Brazilian seemed so involved in defensive tasks, withdrawals, compensations, while retaining juice to make the difference with the ball to the foot when he was not running to try to recover it. With a hint of lucidity in addition, and of success too, on certain sequences, the Brazilian could have scored a hat-trick or even a quadruple.
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His joy was spontaneous, real, strong, as evidenced by the images of his explosion of rage to win at the final whistle against Bayern. It remains to go to the end now. And for that, it will be necessary to reproduce such a performance against Manchester City (first leg on April 28, return on May 4).