Thomas Meunier started at right-back for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday as the capital club battled Lille OSC at the Stade Pierre Mauroy and came away with a 2-0 win.
Neymar Jr.’s brace was the difference against Les Dogues who had the best home record in Ligue 1 (8 wins and 2 draws). It was a good test for PSG as they will face Borussia Dortmund in less than a month in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
While Neymar was brilliant on the night, his teammates that make up the rest of the Fantastic Four didn’t perform up to their lofty expectations. In fact, Mauro Icardi has yet to score in Ligue 1 since the calendar turned to 2020.
The defense should be credited with the clean sheet but there are some concerns. Both Thiago Silva and Abdou Diallo had to be taken off early due to injury concerns and Thomas Meunier was disappointing going forward.
After the match, the Belgian right-back spoke to the media, as reported by Le Parisien, and delivered his thoughts on the match, Neymar, and his contract situation (expires in June).
On the victory…
“They were undefeated at home where they had a better average than us. It was important to come and show that we are in a very positive spiral. We approached the game in a very professional manner. It is a new scoreless match conceded with lots of chances created. There was a bit of fatigue at the end of the match and we multiplied unnecessary ball losses. But it happens against a very good team with players who provoke a lot. It was not easy to contain them. So we will save the result, the job is done.”
On Neymar’s impressive performance…
“I’m not going to say that you get used to it but when he puts down a single goal or an assist, you tell yourself that he didn’t play a good match (laughs). In reality, it is sensational what he does. It’s the same for Kylian [Mbappé] or Angel [Di Maria], they are always decisive. We will always need them, it’s a chance to have them on our team.”
On contract extension…
“Still no news, the leaders are busy with other players. We will see after February 1, we will sit around the table.”
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