Neymar shows off impressive skill in training ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s trip to Marseille…where they hope to equal Tottenham record
- Neymar performed a couple of neat flicks during Paris Saint-Germain training
- French club are looking to make it 11 straight top flight wins this season
- Win at Marseille will see them equal European record set by Tottenham Hotspur
- PSG boss Thomas Tuchel convinced Kylian Mbappe has room to improve
Preparing for French top flight matches has become such a relaxed affair for Paris Saint-Germain, even Neymar is using the mid-week build up to practise his party tricks.
PSG have won all 10 of their French top flight matches so far this term, but face a big test when they travel to fourth placed Marseille on Sunday.
Not that Neymar seemed particularly concerned over a trip to the south of France though.
Neymar attempts to flick a ball into a bin during training with Paris Saint-Germain
The forward’s flick into the bin comes as PSG prepare for a trip to Marseille on Sunday
He used training time as an opportunity to show off his impressive skill by flicking balls into a bin – before making sure a watching camera caught the move and his small celebration afterward.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel is convinced Kylian Mbappe has room to improve at PSG.
France striker Mbappe has scored nine goals in six league appearances this season ahead of Sunday’s Le Classique at the Stade Velodrome.
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The Brazil forward also performed an impressive trick to backheel a shot into the bin
Neymar flicks the ball up before using his back heel to direct the ball into the bin
After performing the move, the forward quickly glances behind to see the ball land in the bin
Neymar celebrates by pointing to the camera before performing a small celebration
But the 19-year-old had a rare off night on Wednesday when PSG had to rely on Angel Di Maria’s stunning stoppage-time strike to secure a 2-2 Champions League draw against Napoli.
‘We are playing a lot of matches and playing is the best way for a player to keep improving and progressing,’ Tuchel said of Mbappe.
‘Kylian has already achieved so much, but he also has room for improvement.
‘Great players want to play every game and need these big matches to show what they can do.
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel reacts after his side rescued a 2-2 draw at Napoli midweek
PSG’S PERFECT 10
Aug 12: Caen 3-0 (H)
Aug 18: Guingamp 3-1 (A)
Aug 25: Angers 3-1 (H)
Sep 1: Nimes 4-2 (A)
Sep 14: St Etienne 4-0 (H)
Sep 23: Rennes 3-1 (A)
Sep 26: Reims 4-1 (H)
Sep 29: Nice 3-0 (A)
Oct 7: Lyon 5-0 (H)
Oct 20: Amiens 5-0 (H)
‘He has already shown he can adapt and learn quickly, he has a lot of quality, but everyone can always improve.’
PSG, who came into the weekend with an eight-point lead over second-placed Lille, will equal a long-standing European record if they make it 11 wins from 11 at Marseille.
Bill Nicholson’s great Tottenham side of the early 1960s registered 11 consecutive wins at the start of the 1960-61 English season, a best in Europe’s top five leagues.
‘I am very excited and can’t wait for the match,’ Tuchel said.
‘It’s an extraordinary match to play, in a great stadium, and we know matches between Paris and Marseille are never easy.
‘Marseille’s results since the start of the season are not so important this weekend. This is the type of match when anything can happen.
‘They will be playing at home and have the chance to stop our record run of wins.
‘We know they will be extra motivated and that they will do everything to beat us.’
The French club are looking to match Tottenham Hotspur’s 1961 double winners who set a European record of 11 consecutive league victories at the start of a season
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