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Neymar and Kylian Mbappe ‘don’t want to play with Edinson Cavani’ – as stats show pair don’t even pass to PSG team-mate

Reports in France claim all is not well between the forward trio, with Neymar passing to Cavani one in every 200 times

PSG’s fearsome front-three has fired them to a record nine wins to start the Ligue 1 season.

After 82 years, the record was finally broken in the 5-0 Kylian Mbappe-inspired demolition of Lyon.


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Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are freezing Edinson Cavani out

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Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are freezing Edinson Cavani out

Along with Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani have forged one of the most lethal trios in world football.

However, reports in France suggest all is not well, with Mbappe and Neymar not happy playing alongside the Uruguayan star.

And L’Equipe has got the passing statistics that appear to prove it.

According to the numbers, Neymar passes to Cavani one in every 200 balls played – at 0.5 per cent.

Edinson Cavani has been something of a third wheel to Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

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Edinson Cavani has been something of a third wheel to Neymar and Mbappe

PSG front three: By numbers

PASSING

Neymar to Mbappe – 25 per cent

Neymar to Cavani – 0.5 per cent

Mbappe to Neymar – 31 per cent

Mbappe to Cavani – 5 per cent

GOALS

Mbappe – Eight in five

Neymar – Eight in eight

Cavani – Five in six

Mbappe passes to the Uruguay star just five per cent of the time – despite the fact him and Neymar flank Cavani.

Rather than playing simple balls inside to the “middle-man”, it would appear they are more content linking up with each other, despite playing on opposite flanks.

Neymar gives a quarter of all his passes to Mbappe, while the France Ballon d’Or nominee gives a whopping 31 per cent of his balls to the Brazil ace.

Whether by design or by accident, it certainly makes Cavani a lonely figure in the PSG front three.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are barely passing to Edinson Cavani

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Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are barely passing to Edinson Cavani

Despite a lack of help from his fellow forwards, Cavani has scored five times in Ligue 1 this season – in just six games.

Meanwhile, Neymar has eight goals in eight to Mbappe’s astonishing eight strikes in just five outings – thanks to his quickfire four against Lyon.


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