Mbappe: PSG can’t be the same without Neymar

first_imgThe drama surrounding Neymar and his rumoured move back to Barcelona isn’t going away.  Sources have told Goal that PSG would consider an offer from Barcelona that includes Philippe Coutinho, Nelson Semedo and a cash payment of around €50m (£47m/$57m).And on Sunday, with Neymar not in Paris Saint-Germain’s side for their Ligue 1 opener against Nimes, supporters of the French giants let it be known that they are ready for the Brazilian to be gone.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Signs spotted around the ground said “Neymar Get Out” while the home support were heard chanting foul things about the Brazilian.  Following the match the 27-year-old remained the topic of conversation despite PSG strolling to a 3-0 win to open up their campaign, with two of the club’s stars taking very different approaches when it comes to dealing with the drama.  Defender Marquinhos, an international team-mate of Neymar’s, downplayed the talk and claimed the capital club put all its focus on the pitch and leaves those decisions up to the board.  “Everyone is focused on our game, and our philosophy,” he told Canal +. “The rest, we leave it to the board and Neymar.  “They know very well what to do. We really have to think about the pitch, not the transfers.” PSG fans insults Neymar PSG Nimes Ligue 1 11082019While the defender was in no mood to talk about Neymar, team-mate Kylian Mbappe, who scored his club’s second during Sunday’s win, made it clear that life without Neymar would change things at PSG.  When asked if the club could improve on last year’s showing, Mbappe told Canal+ “It depends, we will try.  “But we will not lie; we must also see what will happen with Neymar.  “It’s not the same team without Neymar as it is with him. But we will try to do it for the fans.” PSG strolled to the Ligue 1 title last season, rolling up 91 points, 15 better than nearest challengers Lille, but the club are still chasing an elusive Champions League title.  The French side crashed out in spectacular fashion in each of the last Champions League campaign, falling 3-1 at home to Manchester United last season having taken a 2-0 win at Old Trafford in the first leg.  That followed on from the club taking a 5-2 aggregate beating at the hands of Real Madrid the year before.last_img read more

Kevin Pietersen trolls Virat Kohli. India captain has a sporting reply

first_img India Today Web Desk NapierJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 14:45 IST Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen were involved in a friendly banter on social media (@imVkohli Photo)Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen go back a long way. The two played together for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and remain good friends even to this day. And when Kohli, the world’s best batsman posted a picture on Twitter, Pietersen had a cheeky reply.Virat Kohli is currently in New Zealand and is basking in the glory of sweeping the ICC awards. He became the first man in history to win all three ICC awards – the ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year.On Wednesday, Kohli led India to their first ODI win against New Zealand in New Zealand since 2009.A day after, Kohli was visibly relaxed and posted a photo on Twitter.Basking in the sun. pic.twitter.com/BEcZ2y2qrtVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019PIETERSEN AND KOHLI BANTERLooks a bit like you’re more in the shade, bro!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 24, 2019Well in that case you should’ve seen my first caption. Much worse.PS – the face is still in the sunVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 24, 2019I’ll let you off cos I love you!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) January 24, 2019Kevin Pietersen, known for his quick wit, could not resist a reply. He pointed out Kohli looked like he was more in the shade.Pietersen is the fifth highest run-scorer for England in Test cricket but his career came to a halt when he was sensationally dropped after an Ashes whitewash in Australia.advertisementYears later, Alastair Cook, who was England captain on the tour of Australia in 2013-14, revealed he did not want to sack Pietersen.”I was involved in the decision at first, but the England captain doesn’t have the final say on hiring and firing,” Cook told Test Match Special in September. “I agreed with it, but I said ‘why don’t we give him some time off, we can go away and maybe KP can come back later on’.”Paul Downton (the England director of cricket) wanted clarity, a clean break, because people would always be asking when is he coming back. You had to back his decisions because that’s what his job was. The fallout was pretty nasty and I don’t think the ECB handled it well or appreciated how social media worked very well then. I bore a lot of the brunt of it.”Also Read | Smriti Mandhana hundred helps India crush New Zealand by 9 wickets in 1st ODIAlso Read | Johan Botha retires from all forms: Time has come for me to move on to the next phaseAlso Read | I can bowl on most pitches, says Anderson after 4-wicket haulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kevin PietersenFollow Virat KohliFollow Twitter Kevin Pietersen trolls Virat Kohli. India captain has a sporting replyVirat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen are old friends and both men have a sense of humour. When Kohli posted a nice photo of Twitter, Pietersen could not help with some friendly banter.advertisementlast_img read more