Neymar ‘applying himself like never before at Paris Saint Germain’ with the Brazilian ‘sacrificing himself’ for the good of the team amid questions about Kylian Mbappé’s commitment to the Parisian project
- The Brazilian signed for the club in 2017 and is having one of his best campaigns
- Neymar is said to have been much more committed to the project this season.
- Praise for his conduct comes amid questions about Kylian Mbappé’s role
Paris Saint Germain superstar Neymar Jr. is showing a new commitment to the Parisian project, reports in France have suggested.
Signed from Barcelona for a world record fee of £198m in 2017, Neymar has often been the subject of widespread criticism related to his apparent laissez faire attitude towards football.
Several embarrassing exits from the Champions League, in particular, have been flagged at the Brazilian’s doorstep with figures both in France and elsewhere questioning his commitment to working for the team.
Neymar is reportedly showing more commitment on and off the pitch for Paris Saint Germain.
However, having made an excellent start to the season under new manager Christophe Galtier, the French press have praised Neymar’s conduct this season, particularly amid controversy surrounding the future of Kylian Mbappe.
A report by French publication L’Equipe indicated that Neymar is applying himself like never before in the French capital, with the striker now willing to do the hard work for the good of the team.
The report notes that Neymar, a player not known for being the most enthusiastic ball presser, has covered the fourth most ground in the Champions League of any PSG player with 40.6km. Only Marco Verratti (45.5), Sergio Ramos (41.4) and Vitinha (40.9) have covered more.
The Brazilian has started the season in impeccable form and has been praised by the French press
Meanwhile, Galtier himself has wanted to point out the importance of Neymar for his team, particularly after the tactical change from a 343 form to a 4312 form, which sees the Brazilian play more centrally behind the two centre-forwards.
“He’s the one who gives the best balance,” Galtier explained.
‘He has this ability to repeat efforts, he has volume, intensity. He is generous with the team. Gives a good balance.
“He is capable of repositioning himself and of having amazing speed and technical quality. He is a great entertainer. He has impeccable behavior.
Having often been accused of not trying hard enough, Neymar’s efforts have been praised this term.
Since his arrival, Neymar has been involved in a series of alleged controversies around the club. However, it has been reported that the player has sought to distance himself from such problems this season.
He is said to have been a much more ‘calm’ figure in the team this season, while this commitment is said to be due in part to the upcoming World Cup, in which Brazil are among the favorites to lift the trophy in Doha. in December.
L’Equipe offers an example from the first day of the Champions League until September as an illustration of the change in attitude within Neymar.
It has been reported that the player has been willing to do thankless tasks in games.
Galtier allegedly tried to explain to his forwards a new style of pressing that he wanted them to use against Juventus. With Leandro Paredes, a former PSG player, acting as a shooter, the former Lille manager wanted his players to aim for that area when they lost the ball.
Neymar allegedly volunteered for what has been described as a thankless task.
He has started the season in exciting fashion, scoring 12 goals and registering nine assists in 16 appearances in all competitions.