Neymar should receive greater protection by Ligue 1 referees, Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has said.
“He touches the ball often, he looks for a lot of one-on-ones, he dribbles plenty, we need the players to be protected.
“Football is a spectacle, and Neymar is a player who suffers numerous fouls. The referee needs to protect the players.”
Emery warned his players that they could not afford to be complacent despite being 10 points clear at the top of the table.
“We are taking it match by match,” he said. “We have several individual and collective goals to target in each game.
Thomas Meunier began at right-back against Troyes ahead of Dani Alves, who is expected to return at Strasbourg ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
“We respect every team. This season, we are making more of a difference. We are showing that we are stronger.”
Emery said: “The competition is greater with Dani but we are very happy with Thomas.
“He played more than he expected to last season and he will continue to progress.”
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