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Marquinhos: 'Current PSG is best yet'

Publish on 21/01/2018 at 00h00 - S. WILLIS


Marquinhos believes the current Paris Saint-Germain team is "the strongest" in which he has played and admitted having Neymar Jr in the team "changes lots of things."

The 23-year-old defender has been at PSG since moving to the French capital from AS Roma in 2013. Since, he has played alongside a host of world-class players at the Parc des Princes, picking up a trio of winner's medals in Ligue 1 Conforama, the Coupe de France and the Trophée des Champions, while also lifting four Coupe de la Ligues.

However, the Brazil international is convinced the current crop of talent under Unai Emery's guidance, including his superstar compatriot Neymar Jr, is the best ever assembled in Paris.

"Yes, I think so. When you see the players out on the pitch, and those on the bench, the squad that we have...There's a huge amount of potential," he told PSG's official website.

"I think it's the strongest team in which I have played. Neymar? He's a real top-quality player. He can aim for the Ballon d'Or. Having a player like him in your team changes a lot of things."

PSG have built an impressive lead at top of the table, though saw it cut to nine points by Olympique de Marseille's Week 22 win at SM Caen on Friday.

Emery's men can restore their advantage to double digits with a positive result at Olympique Lyonnais in Sunday evening's heavyweight encounter, but Marquinhos is aware the seven-time French champions, who are currently two points behind Marseille in third, will provide the stiffest of tests.

"They have young players with great potential. They have a great approach to the game, have done well home and away and are third in the table. On Sunday, they're going to play," he explained of Bruno Genesio's men, who have lost just once in their last 15 league matches.

"Lyon have a long history in Ligue 1. Each time we play them, they're great games. We often have problems at their place. There's a great atmosphere and they play at a high tempo. It won't be an easy game. We'll have to go into the game 100% focussed to pick up the win."