Every word of Neymar's following PSG's 1-0 win over Strasbourg


There are 25 players in the squad and the rest of the team don't deserve to be whistled. PSG struggled throughout the match, and it was left to Neymar to spare their blushes with a stunning overhead victor in the first minute of stoppage time.

Afterwards Neymar's words were as dramatic as his goal. It also leaves the Paris club two points clear of Rennes at the top of the premier French division.

Some Paris Saint-Germain supporters predictably offered Neymar a less-than-welcoming homecoming at the Parc des Princes for their game against Strasbourg on Saturday evening. Everyone knows I wanted to leave. The expectations happened to be true as it turned out to be all about Neymar before the game even began. I am a PSG player and I will give everything on the pitch.

Strasbourg were the only club not to lose a league game to the dominant capital outfit last season and, despite having not yet won this term, their organisation and defensive solidity saw them match PSG.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said Friday that "he's available for tomorrow and ready to play". "I am happy he showed that in the last minute".

The Brazilian did not place the blame on the fans and promised that his focus from here on would be with PSG, while also claiming that he would "be playing each match as if we were away from home" , an acknowledgement that he does not expect the treatment to change any time soon. But from now on I am a PSG player.

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To Neymar's credit, he did seem to accept his fate with the supporters following the match. Les Parisiens went even to an extent to bring a banner on which an inscription was directed on Neymar Sr.: "sell his son in Villa Mimosa" - an area in Rio that's notorious for prostitution. Another banner mockingly called Neymar "Calimero", a reference to the always unlucky Italian cartoon character.

Following surgery on a foot bone in March 2018, he missed the remainder of the season, finishing his first season in Paris with 28 goals in 30 matches.

Neymar will next be in action on Wednesday, when PSG take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Group A opener.

"It has not been easy for him in recent weeks, but that is life".

Neymar's day started by teasing the launch of PSG's third kit via social media before opting to avoid the usual red carpet entry that would have given fans the chance to heckle him.