Mauricio Pochettino praised Neymar after his two-goal display in Paris Saint-Germain’s 3-2 victory over Bordeaux in Ligue 1.
Neymar starred in the absence of Lionel Messi, scoring a brace as league leaders PSG outlasted Bordeaux away from home on Saturday.
Having not scored from open play in Ligue 1 since May, Neymar ended that run with two sublime first-half strikes.
Neymar scored only his third and fourth Ligue 1 goals from open play in 2021 (eight goals in total), while taking his tally to seven top-flight goals against Bordeaux – his favourite Ligue 1 opponent.
Kylian Mbappe was also on target for PSG – Neymar and the former have exchanged 23 assists with each other in Ligue 1 since 2017, at least six more than any other top-flight duo.
“I think Ney [Neymar] played a good game. I think that overall, also scoring two goals it is noteworthy,” PSG head coach Pochettino told reporters.
“It is clear that both him and Kylian [Mbappe], who have scored the goals, it is important for our offensive players, of course, that they touch, that they were close to the goal and that they scored.”
With one goal and two assists, Mbappe has been involved in three goals in the same Ligue 1 game for only the second time in 2021, after January against Montpellier (two goals and one assist).
Mbappe scored his first goal from open play in the top-flight since September (against Clermont), ending his longest such streak of his career in Ligue 1 (23 – five shots on target).
PSG, who led 3-0 with 27 minutes remaining before Bordeaux scored twice, are 10 points clear of Lens atop the Ligue 1 standings after 13 games entering the international break.
“The explanation is clear, we have made two mistakes and we have conceded two goals,” Pochettino added. “The goals come from mistakes or the success of the opponents. In this case it was a mix of everything, the opponent’s success and our mistakes.
“We must have much more strength in defending these types of situations. It is clear that with the 3-0, Bordeaux attacked, creating some chances, especially from corners, but the game was controlled. A pity that we finished 3-2 because the team had played a good game up to that point.”