Champions League: Neymar says it's not impossible for PSG to qualify for quarters despite first leg loss to Real Madrid
Neymar insisted that Paris Saint-Germain can still qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals despite losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.
Madrid: Neymar insisted that Paris Saint-Germain can still qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals despite losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.
"My analysis is that we committed errors at certain moments. We were not mature enough at the end of the match," the world's most expensive player told Brazilian media after PSG squandered the lead at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Adrien Rabiot had put the French side ahead, but Cristiano Ronaldo's double strike and a Marcelo goal turned the game on its head in the Spanish capital.
"We didn't play badly, but I think we need to be better if we want to eliminate Real Madrid," added Neymar.
He was in the Barcelona side that lost 4-0 away to PSG in the first leg of the last 16 last season, before a stunning 6-1 victory in the return.
On PSG's chances of beating Real in the return leg on 6 March, he said: "I think it is difficult, but nothing is impossible. Last year I was in a much worse situation and we managed to get through. I hope we will be able to play better."
Serie A: Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo undergoes medical ahead of fourth season with Turin club
The 36-year-old Portugal international, who has one-year left on his contract, flew back to northern Italy on Sunday night.
"Ronaldo? He's back with great motivation," Allegri told a press conference of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner who had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Serie A: AC Milan director Paolo Maldini confirms Olivier Giroud's arrival, regrets Gianluigi Donnarumma exit
Olivier Giroud, a World Cup winner, is reported to be set to sign a two-year contract worth three million euros per season with the Serie A runners-up, who open next season at Sampdoria.