Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar Jr. didn’t hold back his optimism when asked about his side’s chances to win the UEFA Champions League this season.
Speaking to Globo Esporte, Neymar discussed a number of topics but it was his comments about his troubles in 2019 and the Champions League that will interest supporters the most.
With 2019 finally in the rearview mirror, the Brazil international reflected on everything that happened to him both on and off the pitch.
“2019 was a very difficult year for me in every way—professionally and personally,” he said. “It was a year of learning, of twists and turns, and bettering oneself.”
“I was injured and had to get back on my feet. I ended up hurting myself again. So, it was a year of twists and turns.”
“Even if it sounds like a wasted year, I learned a lot—I gained experience.”
With the calendar now showing 2020 and the Champions League knockout stage on the horizon, Neymar made his goals for the year known both with PSG and the Brazil national team.
“My main aim for 2020 is to win everything I can with PSG and Brazil,” Neymar said. “To take on new challenges, to reach the Champions League final and to win the Copa America again.”
When it comes to PSG, Neymar credits the quality of the squad as the reason why this could be a special year in the French capital.
“It could be [PSG’s year to succeed], yes,” Neymar said. “In terms of our squad, since I have been here, this is the year that we have been the best prepared—the strongest in every sense.”
“Yes, we have a chance. PSG have never won the Champions League, but we will fight to win everything.”
“We know our qualities, the quality of our squad and obviously we hope to be there when it comes to the crunch.”
The Champions League holds extra importance for PSG this season. It’s recently been revealed by some of Neymar’s closes friends and relatives that the 27-year-old wants to win and a successful run in Europe could convince Neymar to sign a contract extension and remain in Paris. The same goes for Kylian Mbappé.
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