‘Neymar not enough to make PSG a major club’

PARIS – Signing Neymar was not enough to turn Paris St Germain into a major force in European football, according to former AC Milan coach Arigo Sacchi.

Sacchi, who led Milan to two European Cup titles in 1989 and 1990, told French sports daily L’Equipe that he is unconvinced by PSG’s strategy for success in Europe and questioned whether the French side have the right club culture. PSG spent $492 million in the close-season transfer window buying Brazil forward Neymar for a world record fee and France international Kylian Mbappe.

Yet they were knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16 by Real Madrid last Wednesday, losing 5-2 on aggregate. That was the sixth consecutive season they had exited Europe’s elite club competition before the semi-final stage after being taken over and bankrolled by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011.”A player, as strong as he is, is not a project. Neymar is not a project,” Sacchi said. “We won Serie A (in 1988) with Marco van Basten… who played three full games out of 30. If the project had been Van Basten, we would not have won anything.

“We won the Champions League with (Ruud) Gullit and you know how many games he played (in 1989-90)? Only one.”

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