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'It's Easy To Play Against PSG Because Neymar, Messi & Mbappe Don't Defend'

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Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi

Following their 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, Stade de Reims' captain has insisted that playing against the reigning champions is easy because the front three of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe do not defend.

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A last-gasp goal from on-loan striker Folarin Balogun ensured that Reims came away from the Parc des Princes with a draw as Les Parisiens dropped points in a second successive Ligue 1 game.

The record French champions took the lead courtesy of Neymar in the 51st minute, and while he, Messi and Mbappe form a formidable attacking trident, Reims captain Yunis Abdelhamid has since criticised the trio's willingness to defend.

"It was easy to work the ball out of the defence because the front three [Messi, Mbappe, Neymar] don't defend," the Morocco defender said post-match, as per Goal.

"We knew on our side that if we passed this first line, they no longer participate in the collective defensive effort.

"We worked on that. We wanted to exploit it and that's what we managed to do.

"That's why we created so many chances."

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The side from the French capital, while still top of the Ligue 1 standings, now have a slender lead over their nearest rivals Lens, who are three points behind PSG.

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