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Neymar showed why PSG wanted to sign him - Alves

14 August 2017 03:22

Dani Alves lauded Neymar's debut after the world's most expensive player marked his Paris Saint-Germain bow with a goal.

After completing a €222million move from Barcelona, Neymar's career at PSG got off to a stunning start as he scored and set up another in Sunday's 3-0 Ligue 1 win at Guingamp.

Neymar sent a delightful throughball to Edinson Cavani for PSG's second goal before the Brazil international tapped home into an empty net with eight minutes remaining.

"I believe he showed why PSG wanted to sign him [Neymar], to be decisive as he was and help our team achieve good results," Alves said.

"He performed well, and all of us had great expectations about this match too. We wanted him to have his debut and help us, and no doubt we're stronger with him now.

"A player cannot rely only on his name to make a difference, but also has to work hard and make things happen on the pitch. And that's Neymar's differential, he's not only a global name, he deserves his greatness."

Neymar feels ´more alive than ever´ after sparkling PSG bow

14 August 2017 00:20

Neymar felt vindicated in his decision to leave Barcelona after beginning his Paris Saint-Germain career in sensational fashion with a goal and an assist on his debut on Sunday.

All eyes were on the Brazilian superstar following his world-record €222million move from Camp Nou but he coped admirably with the pressure as PSG ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Guingamp to continue their 100 per cent start to the Ligue 1 season.

PSG took the lead through Jordan Ikoko's inexplicable own goal, before Neymar laid on the second for Edinson Cavani with a penetrating throughball.

Cavani returned the favour eight minutes from time, setting up his new team-mate for a simple tap-in to round off a wholly satisfying outing for Neymar, who felt he had silenced those who questioned his decision to leave LaLiga.

"I am very serene. I knew it would be very difficult to leave Barca, but I am very happy to be here," he told Canal+.

"People think that leaving Barca is to die, but no, it's the opposite: I'm more alive than ever.

"I play, I'm very happy, and football is the same. Only the country, the city and the team change, but football is the same.

"I am very happy with the [man of the match] trophy, but the main thing was to win.

"The team played well, we did a great game, we are very happy with this game and goals, but the most important is the victory."

Neymar felt he had gelled well with his new colleagues, after lining up on the left of a front three alongside Cavani and Angel Di Maria.

"I already knew he [Cavani] was a great player. I saw him from afar, and now I am with him," Neymar added. "We try to get to know each other better, but the first game was a success.

"He's a great player, and when you have such players it's easy. It's easy to play with Di Maria, [Marco] Verratti, [Thiago] Motta, Daniel [Alves], with all those who are there."

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