The French con­nec­tion

Ney­mar and Mbappe’s light­ning start to life in Paris no sur­prise to Emery

Sport360 - - Football Ligue 1 - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

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.

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