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'Neymar, Mbappé are like robots' says Panzo

Publish on 15/01/2021 at 11:26 - I. HOLYMAN

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Trying to stop Paris Saint-Germain superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé is "like defending against robots" Dijon defender Jonathan Panzo has told The Ligue 1 Show in an exclusive interview.

This weekend, Angers' back line have the unenviable task of trying to keep quiet the PSG duo, who have scored 15 Ligue 1 goals and added nine top-flight assists for the reigning French champions this season.

 

Panzo came face-to-face with the pair at the Parc des Princes on Matchday 8, and after Moise Kean had put PSG 2-0 up, saw Mbappé come off the bench to score twice in the final 17 minutes to complete a 4-0 win in which Neymar set up two of the goals.

 

"It was a joke. it was like defending against robots. They're so fast, they're just so good, it's so hard to defend, to control. Just that experience of playing against that sort of player is good for me," said Panzo, who saw the Brazilian get to grips with him at a Dijon set-piece, literally.

 

LISTEN: The full interview with Jonathan Panzo on the Ligue 1 official podcast: Le Beau Jeu

 

 

 

"I'm not quite sure [what he was doing]. I was coming into the box and he just hugged me. I said to him, 'What are you doing?' He just started laughing. It was a friendly hug…he was defending against me, but I think he was just joking around."

 

After coming through the Chelsea youth academy, Panzo joined Monaco in 2018, but made just two top-flight appearances for the principality side before joining Cercle Brugge on loan last season.

 

The 20-year-old signed a three-year deal with Dijon last summer, and is enjoying life in Burgundy.

 

"It's going well, I've got some games under my belt. Dijon are a great club, fighting to stay up in Ligue 1. I wanted to help them and get some game time as well," said the London-born youngster, who has seen David Linares replace Stéphane Jobard as coach at the Stade Gaston Gérard this season.

 

"I think I'm getting used to a lot of changes, there were a lot of changes at Monaco too. You have to adapt, keep pushing, and work hard to stay in the team."

 

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