Rio de Janeiro / Paris (dpa) - It was a cheer with particular satisfaction when Neymar and Leandro Paredes jumped to the chest after the final whistle in Prinzenpark right in front of Joshua Kimmich's eyes.
“Fate wanted Kimmich to be there too,” said the Brazilian superstar Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain to the television channel “TNT Sports Brasil”, which highlighted the scene in Brazil.
PSG were defeated 0: 1 against FC Bayern, but that was enough to make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
"We were the better team in the first leg, but lost," said Bayern midfielder Kimmich before the game - and obviously challenged Neymar.
"You can have as much possession of the ball as you want, like you can charm a woman for a whole evening, and then someone comes and takes it away from you in five minutes," said Neymar in the Brazilian TV interview and laughed heartily.
The 29-year-old alluded to the occasional superiority of Bayern, which was not reflected in goals, especially in PSG's 3-2 first leg win in Munich.
Last season, Bayern was the best team in the tournament for him, but he didn't see it that way this year.
“It went so far that I said: 'If we meet Bayern, Bayern will be eliminated,'” said Neymar.
«We have prepared to overcome Bavaria;
we needed that to prove to ourselves that we could do it. "
In the Champions League final in Lisbon eight months ago, PSG were also defeated by Bayern 1-0.
Neymar cried bitter tears at the time, and David Alaba, with whom he embraced this time, comforted him.
Whether he will stay with PSG or not is “not even an issue anymore.
It is obvious that I feel very comfortable, at home here at Paris Saint-Germain, ”said Neymar, who is in talks about a contract extension, but is also often associated with other clubs, such as FC Barcelona .
"I feel happier than I was before."
After moving into the semi-finals, coach Mauricio Pochettino emphasized the importance of the top football class for Paris Saint-Germain.
«This club dreams of winning the Champions League, of winning this trophy.
The feeling in this competition is different than when you compete in another competition, "said the Argentine the TV channel CBS.
Pochettino praised FC Bayern as “the best team in the world at the moment.
A fantastic game. "
The successor to Thomas Tuchel, who also made it to the semi-finals with his new club, Chelsea, also praised the development of his own team.
"After three months you can see more and more that the team is doing what we want," said Pochettino.
© dpa-infocom, dpa: 210414-99-194356 / 3