PARIS – Neymar says his strong bond with Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel inspires the Brazilian forward to give his “life on the pitch”, as the French giants gear up for a trip to Manchester United in the Champions League next month.
Neymar, the world's most expensive player, scored twice in Saturday's record 9-0 rout of Guingamp at the Parc des Princes to give him 20 goals in 21 appearances for PSG this season.
“We have players of great quality which allows us to aim high,” he told Canal+ on Sunday, hailing his relationship with former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel.
“It's a friendship but, at the same time, a huge mutual respect,” he said.
“I respect him as a coach but when we need to talk, we talk. I've developed a great affection towards him since the first time we spoke.