The French connection
Neymar and Mbappe’s lightning start to life in Paris no surprise to Emery
Unai Emery believes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s quality has helped them seamlessly settle in with their Paris Saint-Germain team-mates.
The summer signings’ first two games together since Mbappe’s arrival at the close of the transfer window have brought two wins and 10 goals for PSG.
“With the quality they have, I think it’s easier,” said Emery. “That’s why the players have adapted well to the team. When we have players of this quality, I hope we can keep working and their team-mates can benefit.
“It is about working together in every training session and every match.”
Lyon will provide a tougher test today, despite the summer departures of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Corentin Tolisso.
Emery said: “Lyon have lost some important players but have signed young players who could develop.
“They control the ball well, have lots of possession and are quick in the transitions between defence and attack.
“For us, it is very important to win the game in front of our sup- porters at the Parc. Every game is a test and we have to prepare well.”
Radamel Falcao grabbed a brace as French champions Monaco bounced back from last week’s thrashing by Nice with a 3-0 win over Strasbourg yesterday.
The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Rony Lopes’ first goal for the club.
Falcao made the points safe early in the second period, before completing his double in the 67th minute.
On Friday, Brazilian Malcolm’s third goal of the campaign helped Bordeaux stay unbeaten with a 1-0 victory at Toulouse.
Hand-in-hand: Neymar and Mbappe.