Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have enjoyed a fruitful start to Paris St Germain’s new Ligue 1 season and although they bickered over who should take penalties, the French forward insisted they had a good relationship.
PSG take on Juventus in their opening Champions League game on Tuesday, with the duo scoring seven goals on the domestic front, while Lionel Messi provided six assists.
Neymar and Mbappe argued last month over who should take a penalty against Montpellier after the Frenchman had previously missed a spot.
The Brazilian took it and converted it when PSG won 5-2 before knocking it out on Mbappe on social media.
“Our relationship has always been like this. There are times when it’s a bit cold, other times when it’s warmer. Sometimes we’re like best friends and other times we talk less, but there’s always respect,” Mbappé told me. news. conference before the game in Group H of PSG.
“When you have two players with a lot of character, these things happen, but we always respect each other and have PSG’s interest in our hearts.”
PSG have scored 24 goals in six league games, but they are fully aware of the challenge they face against Juve, who have conceded just two goals since the start of the Serie A season.
“It is extremely difficult to create space against this team,” said coach Christophe Galtier.
“Every year there are eight or nine teams that can win. Are we favourites? No. Tomorrow we will face a team with a lot of experience in the competition, with a coach (Massimo Allegri) who has a lot more experience than me.” have in the Champions League.”
Galtier took over from Mauricio Pochettino during the closing season and the Champions League is at the top of his list of priorities, but the Frenchman said there was no added pressure ahead of his first match with PSG on the European stage. “The pressure, I’ve had it since the day I signed. But tomorrow there won’t be any extra pressure.”