The Neymar Santos Jr. era at Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain Football Club of the 16th Arrodissement of Paris, France got off to a rousing start against Antoine Kombouare’s EA Guingamp but it wasn’t easy as En Avant pulled the welcome mat from under the Brazilian legend of note. Eventually, Paris got back to their senses and, following a horror own goal from former PSG youth product Jordan Ikoko 52 minutes in, Edinson Cavani (62′) and Neymar (82′) traded goals and assists in a workmanlike 3-0 shutout at the Stade de Roudourou.
“I think the team played for 90 minutes with the dominant spirit that we wanted to have,” said Emery. “We started with a lot of pressure and we comfortably dominated possession. We used the space well, we showed a good attitude, that which you have to have during such games.
“The second half is the consequence of the work done in the first. We were patient until the first goal, and created a lot of chances. We put in the great performance we wanted to. Neymar? He’s a great player, great players always find each other and are happy to play together. There are a lot of them in this team.”
“We enjoyed ourselves this evening,” said Adrien Rabiot, who put in a decent shift in the background. “In the second half, we linked up well, which is what the coach wanted. We scored goals, and overall it was a good match and the second half was very good.
“There are still some small things to put right, but it’s very positive. Dani Alves played fantastically, he’s always available on his flank. Neymar was great too. He entertained everyone. We enjoyed ourselves on the pitch, you could see that. The coach wanted us to be balanced in our attacking phases. We applied his instructions, and it bore fruit.”
“I’m happy with my first match, but the main thing is the win,” said Neymar, TST’s Man of the Match. “We played well, scored goals and we’re satisfied with the game. We linked up well on the pitch, we’re going to continue getting to know each other.
“There are quality players, it’s a great team. My goal? It’s always important to score, and I hope to score more, but I want to help the team win even more, first and foremost. My understanding with Cavani? I knew he was a top, top player and that we would have an understanding. We are continuing to get to know each other, but it’s easy to play with him and Angel [Di Maria]. We’re going to keep getting better.”
Paris Saint-Germain will look to finally break their winless streak against Pascal Dupraz’s Toulouse FC. Neymar will be making his home league debut, and here at the Stoppage Time, we have a comprehensive display on the house.
Paris Saint-Germain 4, Toulouse FC 0