Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has accepted the pressure Neymar’s €222 million world record arrival comes with and said the club can achieve even more now the Brazil international is a PSG player.
During Emery’s first season in charge PSG failed to win the Ligue 1 title for the first time in five years and were knocked out of the Champions League at the quarterfinal stage by Barcelona.
“He’s a player who will help the club to get a level higher,” Emery said. “Without Neymar PSG is a great club but with Neymar it’s a little better. A little greater.
“The other players here are also some great players so together we can get better. It’s true that the enthusiasm from the fans is even bigger.
“This pressure is welcome, like all positive things. Neymar is there to give the team a little more. Neymar is better for us.”
“I know that the club did everything possible to get the approval for the player [from the LFP],” Emery added. “Neymar was with the group when we were getting ready for the game.
“We wait until the very last minute to know if he could play. I don’t know if in Spain they did everything or not. But I know that PSG did everything possible to have him today on the pitch.”
PSG won 2-0 with goals from Edison Cavani and Javier Pastore. Emery praised the contribution of Cavani, not just in scoring but in his build-up play too.
“It was important for Edinson that he starts to score again,” Emery said. “However as I told him, he needs to improve something. Today he scored following a cross-shot after a good control.
“He also gave an assist for Pastore. Another important one for Adrien Rabiot during the first-half.
Another one for [Angel] Di Maria. I said assist even if there were no goals in these cases. I spoke a lot with him about what he needs to work on in order to improve. I think today he went a step further.”