Ferdinand goes after Neymar and Mbappés poor defending

first_imgThe former Manchester United defender had the roughest criticism against Neymar and Mbappé’s lack of defensive commitment to PSG.It’s only been a day since Liverpool defeated PSG in a thrilling Champions League match, this has been more than enough time for Neymar and Kylian Mbappé to get trashed from all over the world but Rio Ferdinand is the one who nailed it best. The former Manchester United player and BT Sports pundit right now, took some time to describe the reason he thinks the biggest responsibility for the French club’s loss last Tuesday, falls on both the Brazilian and the French wonder kid. Rio described perfectly how any great club that has hopes to win any title in Europe, must have their strikers as the very first line of defense and not having that perfectly clear brings painful defeats like the one Paris Saint-Germain suffered at Anfield Road. Just last week during Diego Simeone’s interview to Cadena Cope, the Atletico Madrid manager weighed in on who he would pick to play for his squad and his favorite player completely threw him under the bus: “Between Neymar and Mbappé, I would pick Ney for his defensive work. He worked a lot defensively in Luis Enrique’s Barcelona. Mbappé is a lot more selfish and still doesn’t have a defined position while Neymar does,” said Simeone who may have swallowed his words last Tuesday.The criticism against Neymar is coming from every single newspaper around the world, but the French media is the one that doesn’t accept that the most expensive player in the world hasn’t been important during a single crucial match in the two seasons he has played for PSG so far. The pundits from several debate tables in France completely blame the Brazilian over the French club’s defeat, but they also go after Mbappé by calling him ‘immature’ and ‘inexperienced’ for these types of important matches. It didn’t matter that the young world champion scored the equalizer that gave PSG a little hope during the game, losing the ball right before Roberto Firmino’s winning goal is what triggered this reaction from them. The general consensus is that the media believes that Neymar and Mbappé are getting a little too comfortable in Ligue 1, which is clearly a lesser league compared to the major four competitions in the continent. But the solution doesn’t seem as easy as it looks, because both Neymar and Mbappé will keep playing in France week after week and they will keep facing low-quality clubs in the country.?Neymar and Mbappe walked alone?PSG lost to a ‘great European’?’Four lungs’ Trent and ‘phenomena’ Robertson impress?Reds won the midfield battleFrench media have had their say on PSG’s defeat to #LFC ??https://t.co/20zYKD45wF pic.twitter.com/oNbD1mnZ6g— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) September 19, 2018PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.However, the most painful criticism came from Rio Ferdinand himself, who is an expert in analyzing the best players in the world given that he shared a locker room with Cristiano Ronaldo and was one of the defenders who pushed the Portuguese player to make a greater defensive effort for his teammates at Manchester United. Rio Ferdinand knows that the ones who need to get some sense into both Neymar and Mbappé, are the defense leaders like Thiago Silva or Dani Alves who can sit down and have a talk with both players: “This just really shows to young players that are watching the game that no matter how much talent you have as an individual, you have to buy into the team work ethic. You have to buy into the structure of the team for you to be able to then have the platform to play as well. On far too many occasions we saw [Neymar], not only him but Mbappe as well, too narrow, not worrying about their defensive responsibilities at all. This team disappointed us today. I said before it was like a testimonial, the pace in which they played the game. So they have to change that if they’re going to be any type of contender. I don’t see them as a contender,” said Rio Ferdinand on BT Sports.”A lot of people say Neymar is the best in the world – but… there is no way he would suit #LFC and Jurgen Klopp.”John Barnes has hit out at Neymar and Kylian Mbappe⬇️⬇️https://t.co/20zYKD45wF pic.twitter.com/oh46X99l1p— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) September 19, 2018What do you think Neymar and Mbappé need to do in order to win key matches for PSG? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img