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We have more enemies now, admits PSG coach Emery




Paris Saint -Germain coach Unai Emery believes it reflects well on his team that Europe ’ s traditional powerhouses now see the French club as “ enemies” after their unprecedented close -season spending spree .

PSG spent a world -record 222 million euros ( $264 million) to sign Neymar from Barcelona and also welcomed Kylian Mbappe from Monaco on an initial loan deal that is set to become a permanent move for 180 million euros next year.

After failing to make it past the quarter -finals of the Champions League in the last five years — and following their humiliating loss to Barcelona last season — those deals were the clearest signs yet of the determination of PSG’ s Qatari owners to win the European Cup and they have upset their rivals in the process.

“ When I was in Spain, I watched the big clubs — Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich , the Manchester clubs, Juventus — and I saw that every year they would buy the best players in the world , ” said Emery, speaking ahead of Wednesday’ s Champions League clash with Bayern in Paris.

“ The team here has taken big steps towards competing with the best sides. Today, in sporting terms , we have more enemies.

“ They see that we are a serious team with the players we have bought in the past and also this year, and now we can also be among the candidates to win the Champions League.

“ That is why for other teams we are now the sporting enemies and people talk more about us. Lots of things are said, some true, some not . But I think it ’ s good that people are talking a lot about PSG because PSG are among the top clubs in Europe . ”

The president of Spain’ s La Liga , Javier Tebas , recently accused PSG of “ laughing ” at UEFA ’ s Financial Fair Play rules with their signings of Neymar and Mbappe, who had also been a target for Real Madrid.
Wednesday ’ s opponents Bayern have been critics of the French side too .

Bayern president Uli Hoeness told German magazine Kicker this week that spending 100 million euros on a player would be “ unacceptable” for his club .

Meanwhile , Bayern winger Arjen Robben mocked PSG before the German side’ s departure for Paris on Tuesday, reminding them that “ money doesn ’ t score goals ”.

PSG and Bayern are level on three points each in Champions League Group B ahead of Wednesday ’ s game, having both won on the opening match day.

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