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Neymar birthday party boosts PSG spirit, says Unai Emery


Neymar birthday party boosts PSG spirit, says Unai Emery

Neymar birthday party boosts PSG spirit, says Emery


Emery might have made an early departure from Neymar's birthday party but he was happy to see his squad bonding on a night out.

Paris Saint-Germain's players getting involved in Neymar's glitzy birthday bash was good for team morale, according to head coach Unai Emery.

The PSG squad toasted the Brazilian superstar's 26th birthday at the Pavillon Cambon in the heart of the French capital on Sunday.

Emery's mind was firmly back on playing matters the following day when he faced the media ahead of Tuesday's Coupe de France trip to Ligue 2 outfit Sochaux.

Neymar party "good for the collective spirit"

"I was one of the first to leave around midnight. Neymar cut the cake and I left," the former Sevilla boss explained. 

"It's good for the collective spirit. Today, they are all ready with the idea and the mentality to prepare the match tomorrow. 

"When you play three games a week, players do not have much time to enjoy moments outside of football

"I trust my players, they are great professionals. This squad thinks 70 per cent of football and 30 per cent of spare time."

Emery: Bash wouldn't have had this coverage before social media

Images of Neymar's celebrations soon swept across social media and Emery regrets the passing of a simpler time.

"15 or 20 years ago, there were no social networks and when a player was marking a birthday, it was more private," he said.

"It was important that the whole team be together. The president [Nasser Al-Khelaifi], [sporting director] Antero Henrique, the squad and all the staff were there with Neymar, who was living an important moment. 

"It was a good time. But today the most important thing is training and the game tomorrow."


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