UNAI EMERY has taken a parting swipe at Neymar for being above the manager at Paris Saint-Germain.
The new Arsenal manager, who was unveiled last week, has been getting his feet under the desk at the Emirates Stadium.
And he has revealed how Neymar, 26, has assumed the role of leader at the Parc des Princes, where he landed as the world’s most expensive player, following a £198million switch last summer.
Emery said: “I am of the opinion that PSG’s leader is Neymar. Or that he is currently becoming it. Neymar came to PSG to be the leader, to go through this process to someday become the best in the world.
“It’s a process that will require a bit more time in order to consolidate this position. At Manchester City, Pep is in charge. At PSG, Neymar has to be.
“I think that I managed the dressing room quite well.
“My greatest satisfaction was that the team didn’t sink, after losing against Barcelona or Real Madrid.
“A few weeks ago for example, we had a horrible first half against Saint-Étienne, but after the break, with one player sent off, we reacted well and managed to equalise.
“One of my staff members told me: ‘Unai, today the players showed that they are with you. If that weren’t the case, we would have lost.'”
In a wide-ranging interview, translated by France Football, Emery admitted he would not try and control players like he was playing a video game.
He added: “As a coach, I had the habit of showing players what steps to follow, similar to controlling someone with a joystick.
“Except that when you come to PSG, you realise that the players are the ones who make the most effective decisions.
“One day, I told Neymar that: ‘There are match situations we have worked before the game, but in your case, you imagine those situations by yourself.'”
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The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.