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Emery backs Neymar to 'show everyone how good he is' against Madrid

09:45 GMT+3 17/02/2018
The PSG boss believes that his record signing can put in an historic performance in the Champions League second leg against the Spaniards

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery backed Neymar to help the French giants recover from their 3-1 deficit to Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.

Neymar came in for criticism following Wednesday's display at the Santiago Bernabeu, where PSG squandered a lead and conceded two late goals to give Madrid the ascendency in the knockout tie.

But Emery insisted Neymar will step up to the plate in the second leg at Parc des Princes next month, defending the Brazil star's performance against the European champions.

"He played a great game in my opinion," Emery said ahead of PSG's clash against Strasbourg on Saturday.

"He did a lot of great things in order to change the dynamic of the game.

"If he can improve ahead of this great game [in the second leg], the small details that I'm sure he can improve on here at home, he'll show everyone how good he is."

The forward was heavily criticised after the 3-1 loss, with former Brazil international Walter Casagrande unimpressed with Neymar's behaviour believing that it could prove troublesome for Brazil at the World Cup.

"It bothers me that most fans and media are still patting Neymar on the back," he told SporTV .

"He has already shown several inappropriate behaviours within a team. Against Real, he took a yellow in the first half and could have been sent off in the second.

"It would be disastrous if he acted like that at the World Cup. We are creating a monster, which some consider a genius.

The war of words continued as Neymar's father hit back at claims that the 26-year-old had underperformed in the first leg, writing a long Instagram post saying that people who criticised his son were like 'vultures.'