‘Neymar’s a leader & PSG stay is good for him’

first_imgBeing forced to remain at Paris Saint-Germain can be beneficial to Neymar, says Kaka, with the Brazilian expected to be a leader in what could prove to be a “great year”.After two years in the French capital, the 27-year-old forward was eager to head for the exits over the summer.PSG manager Thomas Tuchel has conceded that Neymar did everything he could to put a transfer in place, with Barcelona keen on taking him back to Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career No deal was done, though, and the South American remains on the books at Parc des Princes.He has already shown that he will have an important part to play in 2019-20, despite the questions of his commitment, with a stunning stoppage-time winner recorded on his first outing of the season.A three-game ban in the Champions League has also been cut to two, meaning that Neymar will soon return to the European stage.Fellow countryman Kaka is backing the Brazil international to enjoy a standout campaign, with PSG looking for Samba flair to complement the talents of Kylian Mbappe, Angle Di Maria, Edinson Cavani and Mauro Icardi.“For him, I think it’s good to stay there at PSG for now,” Kaka told Sky Sports.“I think it’s good for him, for the club. I think PSG are always trying to build this great team, to win a Champions League. So he can be the leader for his project and, in my opinion, it’s good. It will be a great year for him.”Neymar PSG Strasbourg Ligue 1 14092019Kaka is not the only Brazilian to have backed Neymar to come good after a difficult period in his career, with former PSG defender Paulo Cesar also of the opinion that a proven performer can position himself back among the very best players on the planet.He told Le Parisien: “I hope that Neymar will give the answer that everyone expects on the pitch. He must prove that he has become strong again. “Arriving at PSG, he was in the top three players in the world. For two years, he has not been a part of it. We know his abilities, so it’s normal to expect much better from him.“I believe in Neymar’s return to his best.”Neymar’s continental ban meant that he was restricted to a spectator role on Wednesday as PSG put in an eye-catching performance to down Real Madrid 3-0 in their Champions League group-stage opener.last_img read more

Chelsea make Football League history with win over Brighton

first_imgChelsea have made Football League history by overcoming favoured opponents Brighton once again.The Blues eased to a 2-0 victory over the Seagulls at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Few expected the visitors to take much from a trip to west London, with Chelsea starting to show signs of promise under Frank Lampard. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Brighton’s record against the Blues also suggested that they were always going to find the going tough.The men from the south coast have never taken anything from a league meeting with Chelsea.The two sides have now locked swords on nine occasions, with the Blues collecting maximum points from every fixture.No side in English football can claim to boast such a faultless record against one foe.9 – Chelsea have now won all nine of their league meetings with Brighton, making it a new Football League record for most games played by a side against a single opponent while winning every single one, overtaking Bournemouth’s eight games against Wimbledon. Whitewash. pic.twitter.com/7HfXwKUPnG— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 28, 2019A Jorginho penalty and a deflected effort from Willian saw Chelsea to their latest triumph over Brighton.That result has maintained a remarkable record which started back in September 1983. At that time, the Blues and Seagulls were second-tier outfits.Chelsea prevailed 2-1 in the first league clash between the two clubs, with a trend being set.There have been long periods in which a one-sided rivalry has seen no action.Between 1989 and 2017, Brighton found themselves in a different division to the men from the Bridge.Promotion to the Premier League brought them back onto the Blues’ radar and there has been no letting up from the capital club.Chelsea’s latest success means that they have taken 15 points from five top-flight meetings with Brighton.During that run they have netted 13 goals and been breached just once.They have only conceded two league efforts in total and suffered just one defeat across all competitions when meeting the Seagulls.That solitary setback came in the club’s first-ever contest, with Brighton claiming a 2-1 victory in the third round of the 1932-33 FA Cup.They will next get a chance to claim a positive league result against Chelsea on New Year’s Day, with the Blues set to open 2020 by taking in a trip to the Amex Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more