Neymar and Kylian Mbappé are the two most expensive football players in the world.
There is a harmony in the field that could bring Paris Saint-Germain to the Champions League for three consecutive seasons if he does not even reach the quarter-finals.
A 5-0 home win against a weak Galatasaray side in the Champions League during the week has shown that they have become more and more understood.
Mbappé prepared Neymar with an exquisite high-pass pass, and Neymar returned the compliment with a defensive-splitting ball to shoot the electrifying mbappé on the goal. They also teamed up to set PSG's opening goal for Mauro Icardi.
"The true Neymar is back," Le Parisien newspaper said Thursday.
But how long? PSG is worried when the relationship between Neymar and Mbappé becomes too exclusive, to the detriment of teamwork and the exclusion of teammates. The worry is that this is too predictable against much better teams in the later competition and acts against PSG.
Of Neymar's 57 completed passes against the Turkish side, 17 went to Mbappé. Hardly anybody else went to Icardi, the other striker – although his main purpose in the game is to break away from the ball and open up new room for maneuver.
Before Icardi's first goal, which fell after 32 minutes, Neymar and Mbappé sometimes had the appearance of a 2-on-2 kickabout in a local park.
It can not be denied that PSG is a threatening side with its two biggest stars.
Neymar defeated Mbappé 3-1 in Montpellier last Saturday and scored well for Icardi.
This season they did not play much together as Neymar had to suspend the first games of the season when he tried to force a move to Barcelona, which in 2017 earned him a world record of 222 million euros ($ 247 million). sold.
Neymar injured himself in Brazil again slightly and had to suspend six weeks. The good news for coach Thomas Tuchel is that Neymar returns to his best after two seasons of continuous injury breaks.
In the last four games, he scored three goals, scored three and was involved in the starting blocks for other goals.
Tuchel hoped that Neymar would be fully fit by January, but he is ahead of schedule.
"Ney has improved physically," Tuchel said. "He accelerates more often."
This is a crucial and destructive part of Neymar's play: Sudden breakouts from the midfield and a move away from his markings over the first 10 to 20 yards.
He does not have the speed of Mbappé, who can keep his speed for more than 50 meters without falling off. But as soon as Neymar sets out, his silky abilities and undervalued strength become factors that make it incredibly difficult to stop him in full flow.
Tuchel can be further encouraged that Neymar has even tried to crack down on Galatasaray players, a sign that he finally understands the need for better teamwork and more selflessness. However, Neymar showed against Montpellier that he still has an irritating need to show his boat and verbally provoke opponents.
"He's a bit irritated, a bit haughty at all," said striker Andy Delort from Montpellier. "I told him he has to respect people. If everyone adores you, you must have the right education. "
The then 18-year-old Mbappé came from Monaco to PSG and achieved a turnover of 180 million euros. On Wednesday, a week before his 21st birthday, he scored his 100th club goal.
Mbappé absolutely wanted Neymar not to return to Barcelona.
Now that he has stayed, both must justify their extremely costly partnership by bringing PSG far to Europe.
The cash-rich club has reached the semi-finals once. That was in 1995, long before today's Qatari possession bought the club in 2011.
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