Neymar, PSG Draw with Napoli in Champions League After Lorenzo Insigne Penalty

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 2018

Piotr Napoli's Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's French forward Kylian Mbappe during the European Champions League football match Napoli vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on November 6, 2018 at San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Carlo Hermann / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CARLO HERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither Napoli nor Paris Saint-Germain came out on top in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, with the teams drawing 1-1 in Group C at the Stadio San Paolo.

Juan Bernat grabbed the opener for PSG shortly before half-time, but a penalty by Lorenzo Insigne gave the hosts a share of the spoils.


PSG Too Self-Destructive to Capture UCL Glory

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (C) argues with Netherlands' referee Bjorn Kuipers during the European Champions League football match Napoli vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on November 6, 2018 at San Paolo stadium in Naples. (Photo by Filippo

Scoring the opener on the stroke of half-time should have allowed the French champions the opportunity to take over the game, but the current PSG side lack bite in defence.

Despite the presence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, Napoli dominated in attack for long periods in the second half, and the visitors appeared short of ideas.

Neymar arrived in Paris to provide the team with a superstar that could unite the best players in the team, but the Brazilian icon often fails to do this in European competition.

Mbappe seems to be the player that can take PSG forward, and he's accelerating at pace to meet his famous team-mate's standard.

Napoli's Italian forward Lorenzo Insigne (R) is congratulated by Napoli's Slovak midfielder Marek Hamsik (C) after scoring a goal celebrates after scoring a goal during the European Champions League football match Napoli vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on No

Napoli have been built around the urgency of attacking football in recent years, and it was the Italians who rose to challenge in the second half.

PSG lacked the composure expected of one of the world's top sides, and Napoli were able to swarm around their opponents, exposing individual weaknesses.

Neymar was clearly frustrated at the end of the contest and received a booking from the referee for his overall protests.

It was a further sign the current PSG team has plenty to do if it wants to win Europe's elite competition.

The French team have self-destructive tendencies, and they'll struggle to make it to the knockout phase of this year's competition.


Kalidou Koulibaly Is Ready To Move To An Elite Club

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 06:  Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli vies Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain at Stadio San Paolo on November 6, 2018 in Naples, Ita
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Koulibaly's name crops up in the press every transfer window, and the 27-year-old has been one of the best defenders in Italy since moving to Naples from Genk in 2014.

His big frame makes him an imposing figure, but he has the vision to play out from the back.

Koulibaly's technique is one of his biggest qualities, and Napoli have done well to retain his services for an extended period.

The player continues to be linked with a number of huge clubs, and he will surely be on his way to a world giant in the next 12 months.

Napoli are well known for their forward-thinking play, but Koulibaly was in control as the Italians nullified the attacking strengths of PSG.

The Senegal international would be perfect for the Premier League if he is interested in a move to England, with a host of sides that would benefit from his wide-ranging ability.


What's Next

Both clubs are back in domestic action at the weekend, with Napoli travelling to Genoa in Serie A on Saturday, and PSG facing an away trip to Monaco in Ligue 1 on Sunday.