Neymar is adamant that teammate In his second season as a PSG player, Lionel Messi has nothing to prove to his detractors.
Messi had a disappointing first season with PSG after leaving Barcelona, scoring 11 goals in 34 games, compared to 38 with Barca the previous year.
Those 11 goals were generated by an anticipated goals (xG) value of 16.8, implying that Messi underperformed in front of goal based on the quality of his chances.
Messi, on the other hand, assisted 14 goals, 10 of which came after the turn of the year – only Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele (11) has done more in Europe’s top five leagues in 2022.
The 35-year-old scored in PSG’s 4-0 Trophee des Champions win over Nantes on Sunday, his first competitive appearance of the 2022-23 season.
When asked if such performance was a hint of a new Messi at PSG, Neymar defended his teammate.
“No, I don’t believe so. I believe that people talk far too much “He informed Amazon Prime. “They have no idea what is going on every day, what is going on inside.
“It’s me, Leo. It’s still Leo; nothing has changed. No, he is still making an impact. He adjusts.
“We obviously hope that everything goes well for the three of us, me, Leo, and Kylian [Mbappe]. I’m sure it’s helpful for the squad if the three of us are healthy.”
After Messi opened the scoring in Tel Aviv, Neymar scored twice, and Sergio Ramos also scored as PSG won their first trophy under Christophe Galtier.
Parisians have now won 11 Trophee des Champion titles, including nine of the last ten competitions.
Neymar, who also created three chances in the game, is thrilled to have started the new season – his sixth with PSG – in style.
“I’m pleased. We had a great match with the team “He stated. “It’s critical to start winning, and this is a match that will result in a trophy. Whatever occurs, you must triumph.”