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Neymar: 'Maradona was a football artist'

Publish on 28/11/2020 at 23:52 - D. CROSSAN

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Neymar paid tribute to the late, great Diego Maradona but both the Brazilian and Thomas Tuchel bemoaned Paris Saint-Germain dropping points against Bordeaux, with the coach criticising his side's efforts.

Neymar, who became the fastest Paris Saint-Germain player to 50 Ligue 1 Uber Eats goals, commented to Canal+ after the 2-2 draw: "Maradona was a football artist. Football has suffered a great loss. He was a football great, who represented a lot in sporting terms and the entire world is mourning his loss."

Neymar: "We played a timid match"

Visibly upset at PSG dropping points for the second consecutive game, following the 3-2 loss at Monaco, Neymar added: "We played a timid match. We scored goals but we were lacking in certain areas and we need to improve otherwise things will be difficult in both the league - where we're used to winning lots of games - and in the Champions League.

"We know the importance of Wednesday's match against Manchester United, just as the Champions League game we played last Tuesday (against Leipzig) was important. We didn't play well but we managed to win and on Wednesday we'll try to play at our best. We need to improve on certain things and play more as a team."

Tuchel: "Today, I cannot defend the lack of effort"

Tuchel looked exasperated when speaking to Canal + post-match: "You can't play without putting in the effort on a physical level, the way we did in the second half. That's not possible. In the first half we created a lot of chances and followed the plan, playing quite simply and in a disciplined way. We weren't serious enough to kill off the match. We didn't have enough determination in the opposition box. In the second half, we were lacking everything - discipline, effort and attitude, everything. We lost the second half and deserved to lose it."

"Usually I always protect my team, but today I cannot defend the lack of effort in the second half. We've lost points for the second match running in the second half, just like at Monaco. Both times it was unnecessary."

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