“I felt like hurting Neymar.”
Those are the shock words voiced by Strasbourg midfielder Dimitri Lienard after his side gave Paris Saint-Germain their first Ligue 1 defeat of the season.
Lienard was involved in a fiery clash with the world’s most expensive player in the 2-1 victory.
And the 29-year-old, who has been with Strasbourg since their time in the third tier, admitted he wanted to see the Brazilian writhing in pain.
Lienard told RMC Sport: “He [Neymar] was a bit annoyed – he knew very well that it was a foul.
“He told me, ‘you dived, you dived’.
“I wanted to tell him, ‘my dear, of course you are a star and of course you can do to us what you like but when you are dancing in front of me, my only desire is to hurt you’.
“However, it is also the same when you do it and get touched a little, you also expect it.
“It is part of the game. It is football.
“There was nothing nasty. There was a good mentality on the pitch.”
However, Lienard spoke in kinder terms when describing what the stunning victory meant to him.
He said: “The emotion is huge. To come from where I have come from to play against Neymar or against all of these stars, such as Cavani and Mbappe – it has all happened so fast.
“It is really fabulous to have been able to beat them.
“They are going to go to the World Cup and maybe even become European champions. The emotions are tremendous.
“There is magic in football and that is that, simply putting names on a piece of paper does not win a match. I am delighted and pleased to have beaten PSG.”