Not yet in the rhythm for what was his second appearance only this season in the jersey of PSG, Neymar was the symbol of an attacking trio as expected as disappointing this Wednesday night in Bruges. Too blunt offensively, the Brazilian did not produce more defensive efforts than his two front colleagues for a performance with a taste of unfinished.
All countries must be envious of them. Everyone was waiting to see what this XXL trio could give. Neymar, Messi, Mbappé. Three names to make any defense dizzy gathered under the same tunic, and which, just by their evocation, makes you want to sit in front of a television set. Their great first together, Wednesday evening in Bruges, will not, however, leave a great memory. Beyond the result, necessarily disappointing for a candidate declared for the final victory, the overall performance of the three men leaves everyone hungry, starting with a certain Neymar. If he did not defend more than his two friends – which caused a lot of trouble for his team for 90 minutes – the Ney was not very inspired on the offensive either.
The flat Ney
First of all, one thing is clear. Neymar only played in Bruges his second game of the season with PSG after a staggered vacation, the Copa América final requires. Sixty minutes already close to nothing against Reims at the end of August, before giving way to … Lionel Messi, depriving Delaune of the first minutes of the infernal triplet. In the meantime, a new round trip in selection punctuated by average outings and criticism of his bottle. It is therefore not yet this Wednesday evening that the season of No. 10 has really started. While Kylian Mbappé made the difference for the opening of Ander Herrera’s score, before stumbling over Simon Mignolet on a caviar from Messi, then that the flea found the bar of a magnificent wrapped, the kid from Santos remained well hidden on his left side. Barely a few grigris in the axis, where he came to take a few hits without ever improving the game of his team (5 faults suffered in total). Worse yet, the most expensive player in football history suffered from the comparison with the liveliness of Noa Lang and Charles De Ketelaere, who spent a good part of the match making the Parisian rearguard suffer a few more yards. far. A statistic also illustrates the imbalance: Bruges struck 16 times on goal, against 9 for Paris. Sad.
Quick, the continuation
The last 30 minutes of the meeting say a lot. While Paris stammered his football and Mbappé was forced out after a blow to the left ankle, Neymar left Leo Messi alone with the mission to get his people out of the quagmire. A beautiful idea of friendship. As the Argentinian descended lower and lower to try to get a ball out properly, his former Barça friend was never able to lend him a hand, unable to make the devastating differences we know him. And if he did not pull the pin, the fans present at the Jan-Breydel stadium could see him send Stanley N’Soki flying away after a new ball pushed too far. “We need time. Time to work, so that they get along. It was clear and I have explained it over the past few days. We must form a team ” , claimed Mauricio Pochettino at the final whistle at the microphone of Canal +. Too bad for the Argentine technician: the program that promises to be rather busy in the coming weeks with matches every three days and some big names to drop, from Lyon to Manchester City, via RB Leipzig or OM . So much the better for Neymar, who will therefore have beautiful posters to demonstrate that he can still shine with a thousand lights.
By Tom Binet