Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery has said that he welcomes the pressure that Neymar’s €222 million world record transfer brings to the club and said that the team will now achieve even more with Neymar’s help.
Last season, Emery’s first in charge of the team, PSG failed to win the Ligue 1 title for the first time in five years and they were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona in the quarterfinals.
Emery will now be looking to improve in both competitions and speaking after the team opened the season with a win over Amiens he said that they have high targets.
“He’s a player who will help the club to get a level higher,” Emery said. “Without Neymar PSG is a great club but with Neymar it’s a little better. A little greater. The other players here are also some great players so together we can get better. It’s true that the enthusiasm from the fans is even bigger.”
While Neymar was unveiled last week, he wasn’t registered in time to make his debut against Amiens and Emery hinted that perhaps La Liga authorities hadn’t done enough to help the transfer happen in time.
“I know that the club did everything possible to get the approval for the player [from the LFP],” Emery added. “Neymar was with the group when we were getting ready for the game. We wait until the very last minute to know if he could play. I don’t know if in Spain they did everything or not. But I know that PSG did everything possible to have him today on the pitch.”
However, PSG comfortably won 2 – 0 without Neymar’s help thanks to goals from Edison Cavani and Javier Pastore.