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Unai Emery defends Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar after Real Madrid defeat

Neymar came in for criticism following Wednesday’s display at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Paris Saint-Germain squandered a lead and conceded two late goals to give Real Madrid the victory.

football Updated: Feb 17, 2018 13:41 IST
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Unai Emery defended star forward Neymar after Paris Saint-Germain was defeated by Real Madrid.(AFP)

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery backed Neymar to help the French giants recover from their 3-1 deficit to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.

Neymar came in for criticism following Wednesday’s display at the Santiago Bernabeu, where PSG squandered a lead and conceded two late goals to give Madrid the ascendency in the knockout tie.

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But Emery insisted Neymar will step up to the plate in the second leg at Parc des Princes next month, defending the Brazil star’s performance against the European champions.

“He played a great game in my opinion,” Emery said ahead of PSG’s clash against Strasbourg on Saturday.

“He did a lot of great things in order to change the dynamic of the game.

“If he can improve ahead of this great game [in the second leg], the small details that I’m sure he can improve on here at home, he’ll show everyone how good he is.”

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 13:41 IST