Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has admitted that it is difficult playing without “one of the best players in the world,” Neymar after the Ligue 1 holders were handed their first defeat of the campaign on Sunday.
The French champions succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Lyon on Sunday, with goals from Moussa Dembele and Nabil Fekir cancelling out Angel Di Maria’s early strike.
Without Neymar, who is expected to miss the next 9 weeks of football after sustaining a metatarsal injury during last month’s French Cup win over Strasbourg, Paris Saint-Germain struggled to make inroads into the final third of the pitch and ultimately fell to a shock defeat.
Mbappe has enjoyed a prolific campaign — 18 Ligue 1 goals in 13 starts — so far, but he admits that coping with the Brazilian’s absence won’t be easy for his side.
“Playing without Neymar? Well it surely isn’t easy since Neymar is one of the best players in the World,” he said, as quoted by Calcio Mercato.
“Every defender fears playing against him so it is a big loss for us at the moment. Ask Valverde if it’s easy to play a game without Lionel Messi or ask Max Allegri if it’s easy playing without Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“These are players that change games every time they step on the pitch. We certainly miss Neymar but we have to accept the situation and look forward. Defeat to Lyon? We aren’t pleased but we will have to keep on working hard,” he concluded.