Paris Saint-Germain was forced to give up 1-2 when they hosted Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final first leg, Thursday (29/4/2021) in the morning WIB. However, Paris superstar Neymar has not given up. Neymar et al must recognize the superiority of the British representative even though they play at home, the Parc des Princes Stadium. Despite being able to take the lead through Marquinhos’ header in the PSG vs Man City match, the Paris camp had to concede twice through Kevin De Bruyne’s long-range shot (64 ‘) and Riyad Mahrez’s free shot (71’). PSG also had to play with 10 players after midfielder Idrissa Gueye received a straight red card just six minutes after Mahrez scored.
As a result, the Paris camp lacked balance and was unable to register another shot on goal until the end of the match. Mauricio Pochettino’s troops also have to climb a steep hill in the second leg match which will take place on May 4, 2021. However, this did not dampen Neymar’s enthusiasm. Through his personal Twitter, the Brazilian striker believes his team can appear more ferocious at the Etihad Stadium.
“We lost the battle but the war continues. I believe in this team, I believe we can be better than before. Allez Paris!” tweeted Neymar. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s win over PSG makes them the only team unbeaten in the Champions League this season. Pep Guardiola’s men have also won their last 18 away games in all competitions.
Neymar on PSG collapse against Man City: ‘We lost the battle but the war continues
PSG star Neymar says his team “lost the battle but the war continues” after Manchester City came from behind to win Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg.
The French giants started brightly in Parish and soon went ahead as returning captain Marquinhos headed home Angel Di Maria’s corner, with City struggling to assert themselves.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side were transformed in the second half and came roaring back with two fortuitous – but deserved – goals.
Kevin De Bruyne’s deep free-kick evaded all to spin inside Keylor Navas’s far post before Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick flew through the PSG wall and beyond the goalkeeper.
Neymar, whose performance was hailed on Twitter by the likes of Jack Grealish and James Maddison, posted on Instagram afterward: “We lost the battle but the war continues.
“I believe in my team, I believe that we can be better than we were. Allez Paris. 1% fortune, 99% faith.”
City and PSG meet at the Etihad next Tuesday for a spot in the Champions League final.
Neymar: PSG lost the battle but the war continues against Man City
Neymar said “we lost the battle but the war continues” as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar keeps the faith with the club’s Champions League hopes in the balance.
Manchester City seized control of the semi-final tie thanks to Wednesday’s 2-1 victory in Paris, where Pep Guardiola’s visitors produced a sensational second-half turnaround against PSG.
PSG captain Marquinhos opened the scoring in the 15th minute as last season’s runners-up outplayed City in the opening half in the French capital.
But Kevin De Bruyne’s awkward cross-cum-shot found the back of the net just past the hour-mark and Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick put City ahead seven minutes later, while PSG ended the match with 10 men following Idrissa Gueye’s 77th-minute red card.
As PSG face an uphill task ahead of their return leg in Manchester, Neymar reacted to the result via social media.
“We lost the battle but the war continues,” Neymar wrote in a Twitter post-post-match. “I believe in my team.
“I believe that we can be better than we were. ALLEZ PARIS. One percent chance 99 percent faith.”
Neymar has not scored in his last six games in the knockout stages of the Champions League, with his last goal outside the group stage coming against Borussia Dortmund in 2019-20.
The midweek collapse was the first time PSG suffered Champions League defeat when leading at half-time since 2001 – against Deportivo La Coruna.
PSG are winless in their four European games against City (D2 L2), only facing Juventus (eight) on more occasions without ever winning in their history.