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‘Neymar & Mbappe have incredible understanding’

first_imgPSG Neymar and Mbappe’s ‘incredible’ understanding at PSG hailed by Marquinhos Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 23:29 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar Kylian Mbappe PSG 2017 Getty Images PSG Neymar Kylian Mbappé Ligue 1 The Brazilian defender says the big-money frontmen look like they have ‘known each other for years’ after immediately clicking in the French capital Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have struck up an “incredible” understanding at Paris Saint-Germain following their big-money moves, says Marquinhos.The French giants embarked on an expensive recruitment drive over the summer as they sought to restore domestic dominance at Parc des Princes and push themselves into Champions League contention.Neymar 12/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A record-breaking €222 million was spent acquiring Neymar from Barcelona, while €180m is due to Ligue 1 rivals Monaco once an initial loan deal for Mbappe comes to an end.PSG’s investment has delivered immediate reward, with both of their new frontmen already among the goals, and Marquinhos has hailed the speed at which the pair have clicked in a new-look side.The Brazilian defender told reporters: “It’s incredible to see the connection between Neymar and Mbappe. It seems that they’ve known each other for years.“They need to keep working but I’m confident, I know they will find the perfect understanding on the field.”Marquinhos added: “It was easy for Neymar to feel as part of the team. He’s smart and he knows that it’s very important.“The integration of Mbappe was also natural and quick.“Concerning the foreign arrivals, they know that they have to speak French.“Dani Alves understands French because he plays alongside many French players but he asks me how to say ‘orange juice’ at the restaurant, for example. Concerning Neymar, it’s a little bit more difficult.”Kylian Mbappe Edinson Cavani Neymar PSG Celtic 13092017PSG boss Unai Emery has also been discussing the arrival of Neymar into a star-studded fold.He has so far taken a back seat as established forward Edinson Cavani has retained penalty duty, but his manager has conceded that the responsibility is likely to be shared once the Brazilian is fully settled in new surroundings.Emery said: “Neymar is here to help the team, to improve its quality. But he’s smart and also knows that the general interest of the team is more important first of all.“I’ve talked to Cavani and Neymar, and Cavani is the one who takes penalty kicks, but Neymar will take them soon, when the time is right.”Neymar has netted five times in as many appearances for PSG so far, while Mbappe has two in two.last_img read more

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Robben welcomes Heynckes return

first_imgBayern München Heynckes return ‘a positive surprise’, says Robben Iain Strachan 04:41 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bayern München v Freiburg Freiburg Bundesliga Carlo Ancelotti The Die Roten favourite has been appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s interim successor at Bayern Munich and one player at least is in favour of the reunion Arjen Robben was pleasantly surprised at the return of Jupp Heynckes to Bayern Munich and has called on the team to improve in the weeks ahead.Bayern sacked Carlo Ancelotti last month after a poor start to the season, the 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain proving too much for the club’s board to stomach.The Bundesliga title-holders have lured Heynckes out of retirement to lead the rescue mission. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And Robben, who won the Champions League under the 72-year-old in 2012-13, was delighted to learn he will be working under a familiar face. “It was strange because I was gone in Holland and of course the Dutch media was full of speculation too but nobody ever mentioned the name Heynckes,” he said of the change in personnel made during the international break. “Therefore, it was a big surprise for me too but it was a positive surprise. I’m really happy [he] returned.”@ArjenRobbendiscusses Jupp #Heynckes, his international retirement and the upcoming fixtures! #packmas— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) October 12, 2017Bayern return to domestic action at home to Freiburg in the league this weekend and Robben knows the players have little margin for error if they are to catch the early frontrunners. “I’m confident we can get going in the upcoming weeks, beginning on Saturday, and I expect to have a good time together,” the veteran forward said.”Now it’s up to the players. We have to bring it on to the pitch now. It begins on Saturday. We’re trailing [Borussia] Dortmund by five points and of course we can’t afford to let this gap increase any further. “We have to establish a series now, we have to work on certain things and improve. We need to elevate our game and I am certain we will achieve that. As a team we have to show character now.”last_img read more

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