Paris Saint-Germain must be feeling pretty left out in the world of European football.
When Ligue 1 decided to put an end to the 2019/20 campaign in April, it looked as though all of the continent’s major leagues could be forced to shut up shop in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, France’s top division has stood alone as the only ‘top five’ league to have ended with the Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A and La Liga all resuming in May and June.
PSG preparing for the Champions League
Of course, you’ve got to respect Ligue 1’s decision – particularly when thousands of lives have been lost – and PSG fans won’t have to wait much longer to see their team back in competitive action.
PSG are still competing in the Champions League after exorcising their round of 16 demons against Borussia Dortmund, so will take to the European stage against Atalanta on August 12.
Naturally, PSG will be massive favourites going into that game, but Atalanta have the advantage of having returned to league action, so the French champions have taken appropriate action.
7-0 friendly victory in Paris
Thomas Tuchel’s men are embarking on something of a ‘pre-season’ at the moment and returned to the pitch for only the second time since February on Friday night.
PSG had already kicked off their run of friendlies with a 9-0 win over Le Havre, but playing against Belgian second division side Waasland-Beveren marked their homecoming to the Parc des Princes.
Naturally, they ran away comfortable 7-0 victors with Neymar, Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappe, Loic Mbe Soh, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (x2) and an own goal filling the scoresheet.
PSG’s pass penalty
But the highlight of the game was a moment that underlined the gulf in class and it came from PSG’s entertainer in chief: Neymar.
Literally just one night after Real Madrid botched a pass-penalty between Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, their former Barcelona rival showed them exactly how it’s done in Paris.
Neymar, having already converted a penalty earlier in the game, effortlessly passed the ball to Icardi, who had everybody’s hearts in their mouthes before eventually scoring.
Check out the stunning moment down below:
It’s almost as though everyone is playing a game of football and Neymar thinks he’s down at the park having a kickabout.
Say what you like about Neymar – and trust us, there’s plenty you can say – but there’s no denying the Brazilian’s talent and he’s been a real asset for PSG whenever he’s on the pitch.
Injuries, suspensions, controversies and sibling birthdays have ultimately prevented him from really kicking on and that’s why the PSG hierarchy will be hoping for a stellar end to 2019/20.
Besides, all will be forgotten if Neymar can produce the goods alongside such a talented side including Mbappe and Icardi to finally fulfil their goal of winning the Champions League.
That being said, he might need to park the showboating for two seconds if that’s going to be the case.