This is the big question. Especially after the umpteenth expulsion from his career for his explosive temper – on Saturday, PSG lost to Lille in the direct confrontation by the leadership of the French Ligue 1, Neymar was expelled at the very end and still left mouthing in the tunnel of the locker room. One of those tantrums that we already know, anyway.
It is these moments that make Neymar little respected in Europe. Nobody doubts the ball, the technical capacity and the ability to decide games. But the Neymar “package” is more complex than that. And the dislike for the greatest Brazilian player of the last 10 years only grows.
Bayern will be without Lewandowski on Wednesday, and the news of the week should be fully focused on how Neymar can hurt the German defensive system, which often leaves much room for opponents. But not. We are again talking about the lack of maturity. Neymar has lived for years, especially after the 2018 World Cup, a serious credibility crisis – like Brazil.
I’m getting ready to expect anything from Neymar, be it against Bayern or at next year’s World Cup. The guy can put the ball under his arm, improve his teammates, play a game that is both brilliant in the individual and solidary in the collective, taking Paris to the victories. Or the guy can get angry, take a hit, quit the game, get kicked out. Anything can happen. If football were a stock exchange, Neymar would be the most volatile stock in the market.
And so he arrives for another huge duel in the Champions League – the tournament that was contracted with a golden weight to win. In 2018 and 2019, Paris missed the round of 16. In the Lisbon bubble, last year, he managed to help the club to reach the first final of its history.
The general perception is that this will not happen again. The football world does not see many chances for PSG to eliminate Bayern. I see. In fact, bookmakers too. Chelsea, for example, is, for the algorithms, more favorite against Porto than Bayern against PSG. More favorite to reach the Champions League final than Bayern, who have the same rating as Liverpool.
The computer understands that a team with Neymar and Mbappé cannot be that zebra. And I agree with artificial intelligence here. For this analysis, it is necessary to leave emotions aside. For Neymar to triumph, it is better to do the same.
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