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Sports A Champions League like no other? PSG late show has Neymar & Co. believing again

16:21  13 august  2020
16:21  13 august  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Neymar confident and happy

 Neymar confident and happy © Supplied by Sports.fr 10 NEYMAR JR (PSG) - 07 RYAD BOUDEBOUZ (ASSE) Neymar displays his optimism as PSG prepares to play in the Coupe de la Ligue final before to turn to the Final 8 of the Champions League. Appeared in good shape during the preparation matches, Neymar confirmed his good dispositions during the first major summer meeting of the PSG .

Goals at the death from Marquinhos and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting saw Thomas Tuchel's side into the Champions League semi-finals at Atalanta's expense.

PSG star Neymar set social media alight before the Champions League had even kicked off. The Everton forward penned a note to wish his compatriot well ahead of the game, and cheekily asked his fans to photoshop Neymar into his own team's colors, apparently leading to a spate of online creativity.

Paris Saint-Germain and stoppage-time goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League – it is a relationship that has hurt the French champions more than enough times in recent years.

Whether it was La Remontada in Barcelona or Manchester United’s smash-and-grab at Parc des Princes, PSG’s players were becoming reluctant masters of the shell-shocked slump to the turf at the final whistle.

One of the reasons why some fancied them to go all the way in 2020, in this most unique of tournaments, was that there would be no second-legs for Thomas Tuchel’s side to capitulate in.

Tuchel also wins the league cup with PSG

 Tuchel also wins the league cup with PSG © Francois Mori / AP / dpa Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is on the ball in front of PSG superstar Neymar. coach Thomas Tuchel won the league cup with Paris Saint-Germain and thus also the fourth national titles perfectly done this season. The star ensemble around the Brazilian superstar Neymar won against Olympique Lyon in the Stade de France of Paris Saint-Denis on Friday with 6: 5 on penalties. After 120 minutes it was 0-0.

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They also find themselves in the favourable side of the draw and, unlike in his previous two seasons at the club, Neymar is fit and firing.

And yet, as the clock entered its final minute at Estadio da Luz, PSG were again staring down the barrel of an embarrassing Champions League exit.

Lowly Atalanta, leading thanks to Mario Pasalic’s superb curling strike midway through the first half, were on the cusp of continuing one of the competition’s great fairy-tale runs, and would have deserved to too.

But this is a Champions League like no other. And perhaps, just maybe, this is a different PSG too.

Tuchel’s team were far from at their best in Lisbon. Shorn of Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria and Marco Verratti due to injury and having played just two competitive fixtures since March, they could been forgiven for being a little rusty in a less high-stakes environment or against a more high-profile opponent.

Neymar: “We are experiencing very strong things”

 Neymar: “We are experiencing very strong things” © Provided by Sofoot Neymar has spoken. Interviewed by RMC Sport after the qualification of PSG in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Atalanta (1-2) , Neymar returned to this harsh match against the Italians: “It's a great evening. It's difficult, Atalanta are a great team, it was the surprise of this competition. We knew that they were very aggressive, that they pressed on all the ground and that they would have chances. We also had a great game, now we will have to rest.

Besides, the PSG fans are like a 12th player when we are playing in Paris. Neymar knows this PSG squad can achieve the club's target of winning the Champions League .Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty While Tuchel has enough match-winners to cope without Neymar , it's easy to believe PSG still lack

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But the stars had aligned for them this year. All they had to do to reach the final was beat the third-best team in Italy and then the third-best team from either Germany or Spain. Fail and Tuchel, who himself is nursing a broken foot and spent the evening perched on a cooler inside his technical area, would be a literal sitting duck.

For much of the night, all signs pointed to this being another of those evenings for PSG. Neymar wasted a golden opportunity to open the scoring inside three minutes, which in turn left Mbappe stunned in the stands, before the world's most expensive player shanked three more efforts off-target when well-placed.

It was difficult to lay all the blame at his door given both Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia offered next to nothing alongside him up front, but if the Brazil international was feeling any excess pressure without his usual partner in crime, Mbappe, it showed.

Nenê: "If Neymar brings back the C1, he exceeds Raí"

 Nenê: © Provided by Sofoot Always the same objective. Qualified to the semi-finals of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain is preparing to potentially experience a historic moment if they win against RB Leipzig. Author of a successful performance against Atalanta, Neymar can for his part enter the categories of Brazilian legends of the club according to the former Parisian Nenê.

Neymar has called on his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates to treat Tuesday's clash with Napoli like a Champions League final With the French title a foregone conclusion, the Champions League is the trophy that really counts for PSG ' Again , we must approach it as if it were the last game of our lives.'

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Neymar Atalanta PSG 2020 © Provided by Sporting News Neymar Atalanta PSG 2020

Mbappe was introduced from the bench with an hour gone, but the more PSG pressed, the more confident Atalanta seemed to become in defending their lead.

Bergamo has been praised for its resilience as a city during what became a living nightmare for its residents during the coronavirus pandemic, and for 89 minutes Gian Piero Gasperini’s usually free-scoring side looked like matching that on the pitch.

But just as the PSG were being written off by all those watching at home, two unlikely heroes stepped up in their club, manager and star player’s hour of need.

First Marquinhos, who spent much of the night shielding the central defenders behind him, found himself in the right place on the edge of the six-yard box to force Neymar’s cross home after the Brazilian had been picked out at the back post by substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.

It was then left to Choupo-Mouting – for many a figure of ridicule given his status among one of the most expensively assembled squads of all time - to send the Parisiens into raptures three minutes into stoppage time as he poked home following a fine link-up between Neymar and Mbappe down the left-hand side.

Neymar faces Leipzig and Red Bull, one of his own sponsors

  Neymar faces Leipzig and Red Bull, one of his own sponsors LISBON, Portugal — There's a twist for Neymar entering Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal between Paris Saint-Germain and Leipzig. Both Neymar and Leipzig have strong links to the Red Bull energy drink company. It sponsors the Brazilian and is behind the creation of the Leipzig team just over a decade ago, with the club still unpopular among many fans in Germany. Neymar, seeking his first Champions League title with PSG, has a longstanding relationship with Red Bull and is often promoted by the company. Last week Red Bull was praising him for leading PSG to the semifinals of the European tournament after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Atalanta.

REPORT: PSG in Champions League semis after Mbappe helps seals comeback. Neymar and Kylian Mbappe played a starring role in PSG 's 2-1 win over Atalanta. Both players set up the two late goals after Mario Pasalic put his side ahead. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi praised the pair and said

PSG believe he is the last piece in the puzzle that will lead them to Champions League glory. Neymar and Dani Alves, the other key signing this summer, are designed to provide the missing In many ways, this recruitment is a huge victory for French football and PSG , showing the world they

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in a baseball game: Choupo-Moting PSG 2020 © Provided by Sporting News Choupo-Moting PSG 2020

PSG are through, with Atletico Madrid or RB Leipzig awaiting them in the semi-finals and Mbappe potentially fit to start they will be many observers’ favourites to reach the final.

If they are to do so then they a huge improvement is required from almost every one of Tuchel’s players bar Neymar, though the ex-Barcelona man will likely be in for extra shooting practice in the coming days.

But in these most unprecedented of times, here was an almost unprecedented finish to a game of Champions League football involving Paris Saint-Germain.

Maybe the wounds are finally healing. Maybe, just maybe, this is their year.

FC Bayern Munich vs. PSG - Hansi Flick: That's why I went to Neymar after the final whistle. .
Moving scenes after the game: Hansi Flick and David Alaba comfort Neymar. Now the FCB coach explained why he went to the Brazilian after the final whistle. Both David Alaba and coach Hansi Flick have consoled after the 1-0 win in the Champions League final against PSG , Neymar, who was in tears. Flick explained his reasons for doing so after the game. "After the final whistle it's a matter of respect, that's important. That's why I went," said Flick.

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