Guardiola reflects on Man City's defeat at PSG
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Paris Saint-Germain had a day to forget on Sunday as they suffered a shock 2-0 defeat in Ligue 1 at the hands of Rennes. And now star forward Neymar has been branded as a ‘spoiled brat.’
Neymar has been nowhere near his tantalising best in the early stages of the new season and has only found the back of the net once in his seven appearances.
That goal came as PSG defeated Lyon 2-1 last month, with Neymar making only his second league start of the season nearly six weeks after it began.
The Brazil international has also blanked during the club’s opening two Champions League games.
Neymar flattered to deceive in Sunday’s loss and was hauled off with 15 minutes remaining as Mauricio Pochettino threw caution to the wind.
And former PSG star Edouard Cisse has revealed exactly what he thinks of Neymar.
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Cisse made 259 appearances for the Parisians and also enjoyed a loan spell at West Ham during the 2002/03 campaign.
“He is a great player, no one can dispute that,” Cisse told Le Parisien.
“But he has become a spoilt brat and he bosses everyone around.
“At Barcelona there was a structure. [Neymar] had a cleaner style of play, although he dribbled more.
“His job was to break the defensive line, make the difference and pass the ball to General [Lionel] Messi. He did it so well that he became his ‘alter ego’.
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“In Paris, they gave him the keys and they let him do what he wanted. In one moment, he was lost.”
Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of £200million.
But his time in France has been marred by injuries and disciplinary issues off the pitch.
Neymar struck 19 Ligue 1 goals and 13 assists in 20 games during his debut campaign in France.
But since then, he has appeared in less than half of his side’s league games every season and is hardly a player who can be relied on to pull on the PSG shirt at all costs.
The player has gone on to score 88 goals and create a further 54 during his four years at PSG. He has scored 20 goals in 31 Champions League games for the side.
PSG have started the season in scintillating fashion and stormed to the top of the table after winning their first eight games of the season.
But they came unstuck at Roazhon Park as Gaetan Laborde and Flavien Tait struck either side of the interval.
Despite Sunday’s loss, Pochettino’s men still have a six-point cushion at the summit and appear to be on their way to an eighth title in 10 seasons.
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