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PSG confirm their eight Ligue 1 title against Monaco

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Congratulations, Paris Saint-Germain! The Parisian club has confirmed their 8th title in history even before getting into the Parc des Princes to play against Monaco. That’s because 2nd-placed Lille did not win their match, making it mathematically impossible for them to equalize PSG in the number of points. PSG weren’t brilliant. In fact, I think it was one of their weakest seasons since they became this rich club. They’ve been pathetically knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after winning away 2-0. Neymar and other players did not show the commitment, and they weren’t even that good at the French league. However, they were good enough to win it. Comparing to Barcelona, Liverpool, Man City, Juventus, I think this PSG side has so much to improve.

But who cares? PSG supporters and players need to enjoy the ride. Enjoy this moment. And what a moment for Kylian Mbappe. What a season. World Cup winner with France, Ligue 1 Champion… And three goals against his former club, Monaco! PSG beat Monaco 3-1 at the Parc des Princes with a hat trick from the youth talent. Mbappe is maybe alongside Vinicius Junior the heirs of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the World Football. Not saying they are at the same level as the two beasts, nor that they will get there. But that they will kinda be able to fill the gap these two will let out in our hearts.

Also, the match marked the Neymar Jr return to the pitch. He seemed to be anxious to get back in action. His last match was against Strasbourg, back in January, when he injured his fifth metatarsal of the right foot. He replaced Kurzawa in the interval and did well. Pulled out some key passes, cool dribbles, and all the Neymar skills we’re used to. The only thing he did not get was the goal.

PSG broke the deadlock at 15, as Diaby picked out Mbappe, who poked it past Benaglio. With 38 on the clock, Mbappe got his second, as Daniel Alves let him in conditions to score from close-range. The French International would complete his hat trick at 55, as he tapped in Alves’ good cross. Furthermore, Monaco would deservedly get their consolation, as Golovin scored at 80.

Monaco even ended up with more attempts than PSG, but they lacked that last touch to score. Much of the 3-1 is due to PSG’s powerful attack as well. We can say that PSG will play the remaining games with their heads at the preseason. We cannot say the same as Monaco, as they are fighting against relegation. Let’s see how the Ligue 1 will end up. Once more, congratulations, PSG!

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PSG worried with “Neymar deadline” as Real Madrid is hopeful

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Every day, a new offer for Neymar is announced in the European press. The latest is a “royal” combo: Real Madrid would be willing to pay 100 million euros plus three more players – Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, and Keylor Navas – for Neymar. I swear I would close a swap-deal with the likes of Bale and James for Neymar. I don’t know what’s going on PSG’s chairman’s mind, but they have denied this absurd proposal.

PSG keep playing hard in order to keep the Brazilian striker, having already declined offers from two other European giants, Barcelona and Juventus.

In Real, the three players included in the proposal are set to leave. The Spanish club almost negotiated the Welsh Gareth Bale to China, but the player refused the transfer. James Rodriguez has returned from Bayern Munich loan and is not in the plans of coach Zinedine Zidane. And Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas wants to go out for a better chance to play, as Belgian Thibaut Courtois, somehow, has Zidane’s trust to be the absolute starter.

Meanwhile, I see a move back to Barcelona very improbable at this transfer window. It will be officially closed in 10 days, and the only way Barcelona could land Neymar is to paying his full-price, as PSG doesn’t seem to want to see Neymar back at Catalunia. At the same time, a move back to Barca is clearly Neymar’s wish, but I see his priority as to get out of PSG as soon as possible.

So maybe even despite the efforts from Lionel Messi, who has reportedly called Neymar to try to change the Brazilian’s mind on not to join Madrid will be in vain.

At the same time, keeping Neymar would not be a good idea for PSG, as they would still have to pay his wages, and it’s not good to have an unsatisfied player within the squad. Clock is running for both PSG and Neymar. Where will Neymar Junior be playing in some weeks? Let’s wait and see, but apparently, this whole situation is coming to an end.

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CR7: “Any player who hasn’t proved anything is worth €100M nowadays”

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It seems like the inflated Football transfer market has been upsetting the Portuguese star, Cristiano Ronaldo. In a recent interview for Portuguese TV channel “TVI”, the legend has criticized the astronomical prices clubs have been paying for players who aren’t really worth that. I have a slight impression that Man United’s new signing Harry Maguire didn’t like it that much. Pass it on.

– Nowadays, prices are surreal. I’ll put aside the case of Joao Felix, but now any player without proving anything is worth a 100 million euros. This is madness. One sees center-halves and goalkeepers being transferred by astronomical values. But on the one hand, it is also good because it is a sign that the football business is alive and apparently in good health – said the 34-year-old who avoided setting a price tag for himself.

“When I see goalkeepers being sold at 75 million euros, a player who does what I do on the pitch and who scores goals has to be worth three, four times more. Easily.”

Besides that, he also gave his words on his childhood dreams back at Madeira Island:

– My dream was to be a soccer player, everyone told me I was a football star and I started to create this illusion. But if you ask me if I thought I would ever win a Golden Ball, two or three, I tell you I never thought about it. I know that obviously, the most important thing is to have talent, and this I have, but if you notice, great athletes from others sports, scientists or Nobel laureates, are all great workers. I like to copy good examples, not only in sports. All had great talent but were above all great workers.

And also on his move from Real Madrid to Juventus:

– Financially, I don’t need football to live well. I will live well throughout my whole life. There are projects, and this one from Juventus has caught my attention. It was a challenge. I had won it in England, Spain and was going to win here in Italy. And I got another record by winning the championship. I like challenges. For me, Madrid was already in my comfort zone. After winning 17 or 18 titles, it was one more. Routines were always the same. I wanted a new challenge, I am a person who aims the perfection in my area.

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Coutinho praised by Klopp and Lewandowski

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Hired last week by Bayern Munich from Barcelona in a 1-year loan deal, Philippe Coutinho was praised by his new teammate Robert Lewandowski, and also by his former manager from Liverpool times, Jurgen Klopp. The Brazilian, who can make his debut for his new team this Saturday against Schalke 04 for Bundesliga’s Matchday 2 is being celebrated everywhere.

Everyone knows what Coutinho can do. He had a terrible time at Barcelona, but if he can make about half of what he was performing for the English Reds, I’m pretty sure the Bavarians will be happy. Lewandowski, who had complained about Bayern’s lack of signings in this window, praised his new teammate and also said that he isn’t worried on Coutinho’s possible problems to integrate with the squad at Bayern. Here’s what the Polish man said:

– Players like him can decide when a game can be won or not. And with an athlete like him, anyone can play along from the first match, ”

Who also gave his verdict on Coutinho was Bayern’s coach Niko Kovac. He talked about the possibility of the Brazilian starting at the match against Schalke this weekend:

– He is not yet at a fitness level to start on Saturday and play 90 minutes. Let’s put it slowly and not take risks.

Meanwhile, the charismatic Jurgen Klopp showed some kind of sadness as he was not able to re-sign Coutinho from Barcelona. Still, the German manager praised his former player, and also compared him to 2006 World Champion, Alessandro Del Piero:

– Coutinho has an unbelievable eye for goal from range. I haven’t seen a player coming off the left and striking the ball with such regularity and precision from those kinds of positions since Alessandro Del Piero. Bayern needed him. Now he will need to join the team. Bundesliga has won a great player – said the German to the magazine “Kicker”.

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