Neymar has issued a rallying call to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) ahead of their 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League semi-final showdown with Manchester City today.
The Brazilian claimed he was ready to “die on the pitch”.
PSG slipped to a 2-1 defeat in last week’s first leg at Parc des Princes, with Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez overturning Marquinhos’ first-half opener.
An impressive opening to the contest from Mauricio Pochettino’s men subsided, with Manchester City exerting almost complete control on proceedings after the interval.
Neymar cut an increasingly isolated figure, while attacking partner Kylian Mbappe failed to attempt a single shot after starting a match for the first time in his Champions League career.
The world’s most expensive player is aware of the tall task that awaits at the Etihad Stadium.
But he has not given up hope of last season’s beaten finalists returning to the showpiece.
“We have a very difficult match against Manchester City, but we have to believe, no matter what the stats or our percentage chance of winning is,” Neymar told PSG’s in-house channel.
“I think that every Parisian has to believe in us. I’ll be the first to do so.
“I’m on the front line and I’ll be the first warrior to go into battle for the team.
“I’m going to give the best of myself and I’ll do everything I can to qualify, whatever happens.”
With a chuckle, he added: “Even if I have to die on the pitch.”
The stats Neymar alludes to certainly do not make for comfortable reading for those of a PSG persuasion.
There have been 47 previous instances of English clubs winning the first leg of Champions League or European Cup tie away from home.
On each occasion, they have progressed.
Manchester City have won each of their past six UEFA Champions League matches and have 10 out of 11 victories this season.
A goalless draw at FC Porto was the only blemish.
A seventh win would edge Pep Guardiola’s men ahead of Manchester United (1965 and 1966), Leeds United (1969 and 1970) and Arsenal (2005).
It will make them the outright English record-holders for the longest winning run in Europe’s premier club tournament.
PSG have played Manchester City four times in European competitions and are yet to beat the Manchester side.
Antonio Conte Challenges Lautaro Martinez To A Boxing Bout – Lukaku Officiates
Inter Milan are Serie A Champions for 2020/2021 Season and the team seems to be having the time of their lives happily together. There was an outburst during yesterday’s game between Roma and Inter Milan when Lautaro Martinez was substituted just around the 73rd minute after coming on in the 27th minute for injured Alexis Sanchez. The Argentinian Striker was so pissed he rained abuses on his coach Antonio Conte but both were quick to shove off the issue during post match interviews.
Today, in a bid to quell the bad blood, Romelu Lukaku and his team mates organized a boxing match with Conte standing as the Challenger.
Enjoy the video below;
Ronaldo May Be Playing Europa League Football Next Season
Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus slumped to a disappointing 3 nil defeat at the hands of AC Milan at the Allianz Arena courtsey of goals from Brahim Diaz, Ante Rebic and Fikayo Tomori.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus will miss Champions League qualification and go to the Europa League unless a team above them slips up in the final three games.
Juventus are presently 5th on the log, 1 point behind 4th placed Napoli, with only 3 games left to go, Juventus might find themselves in the Europa League next season. Juve’s form is not encouraging at all, this is the worst we have seen the club in over 10 years, despite having arguably one of the Greatest Player in history, it will take a miracle for the old ladies to finish in the Top 4.
Cristiano Ronaldo this season has blanked (failed to score) against Atalanta, Milan, Napoli, Inter, Porto and Fiorentina.
He has disappeared in the most crucial games this season, he’s one of the main reasons why Juventus are potentially going to Europa League. So much for a “big game player”.
Juventus signed Ronaldo because they wanted to win the Champions league and now they are heading to the Europa league.
Juventus lose 3-0 to Milan at home.
As it stands, Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing Europa League football next season. pic.twitter.com/OuFohdJ0IN
— Goal (@goal) May 9, 2021
Osimhen Makes History With Napoli As He Reaches Double Figures In The Serie A
Osimhen makes history with Napoli as he reaches double figures in the Serie A
The 22-year-old has broken off the shackles that held him in the first half of the season and continued his incredible run of form in front of goal on Saturday
Victor Osimhen is now Napoli’s joint-highest scoring African in the Italian Serie A after he scored twice Napoli’s 4-1 win against Spezia on Saturday afternoon
The Nigerian international equals Kalidou Koulibaly’s ten goals for the Neapolitans- although he did it in 21 games in contrast to Koulibaly’s 210 games.
He has now scored ten or more league goals in consecutive seasons, having scored 13 for Lille in the Ligue 1 last season. Osimhen is the youngest player after Haaland to achieve this feat in Europe’s top five leagues in the previous two seasons.
Osimhen’s brace also takes his league tally to five goals in his last four games for Gennaro Gattuso’s team. The ex-Lille man scored his first of his two goals in the 23rd minute to put Napoli two goals up after Piotr Zielinski had opened the scoring.
The Super Eagles star then scored his second and Napoli’s third just before half-time, firing into the roof of the net after he was picked out by Lorenzo Insigne.
Osimhen has now scored in four consecutive league games for the first time in his club career. The Nigerian has managed to overcome Covid-19 and injury problems to hit form at the right time.
Spezia did threaten a comeback in the second half by pulling one back through Roberto Piccoli, but Hirving Lozano’s strike in the 79th minute killed any little hope they had left.
The result lifts Napoli into second place with 70 points from 35 games, although they’ve played a game more.
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