“I don’t see a better duo than ours in football”. Neymar spoke in his terms of his association with Kylian Mbappé on the eve of the reception of Manchester City. Obviously, the two men were even more expected than usual to help Paris SG to achieve a good performance against the men of Pep Guardiola. And it started off pretty well. From the 3rd minute, Angel Di Maria recovered a high ball and found the 2018 world champion. The latter launched the Brazilian, whose left-foot low strike did not worry Ederson unduly.
The two men, involved defensively, got in tune with their team, dominating early in the game. Neymar even created a new hot situation following a corner and a relay with Marco Verratti, but was countered (13th). He then dropped a corner on the head of Leandro Paredes, who missed the target very little (28th) and was caught by the defense of Mancun when he could give his own two goals (40th). Mbappé, him, after a good recovery for a strike countered by Alessandro Florenzi (13th), caused a yellow card for João Cancelo on a start of which he has the secret (30th), but was rather discreet and lacking success in his choice.
Disappointing despite everything …
Upon returning from the locker room, the international tricolor took the best on the defense of the Citizens and sent a center that Verratti was too short to resume (56th). We almost never see him again, Ruben Dias clearly gaining the upper hand over him as the minutes go by. Following the exclusion of Idrissa Gueye, Ney, hit in the elbow in the first period, will try to sound the revolt. The Auriverde will have had the merit of not hiding, but despite his dribbling, he did not manage to make the right choices to get his people back on track.
The two accomplices, if they had opportunities, lacked success. Above all, they completely abandoned defensive efforts after the hour mark, which allowed the Citizens to gradually come back into the game and finally win. Obviously, the critics fuse, like Jérôme Rothen, former Parisian player, revolted at the microphone of RMC Sport. Acerbes, they will only be silent in the event of a demonstration in a week in Manchester. It is up to Neymar and Mbappé to prove that they do indeed form the best duo of the moment on the planet football.