Nir Bitton: “I said the Shema every time Neymar ran at me”
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Nir Bitton: “I said the Shema every time Neymar ran at me”

Celtic midfielder reveals he said a prayer to himself whenever PSG's star faced up to him during their recent Champions League match

Nir Bitton said he recited the Shema every time Neymar ran at him with the ball
Nir Bitton said he recited the Shema every time Neymar ran at him with the ball

Nir Bitton has revealed how he said a prayer under his breath every time PSG’s Brazilian star Neymar ran towards him when the sides met in a Champions League match earlier this season.

The Celtic midfielder – and his teammates – were on the wrong end of a 7-1 hammering, when the sides met in Paris, in a Champions League group stage match back in November.

The 26-year-old told Israeli TV: “Every time Neymar ran at me I said the Jewish prayer Shema Israel!”

Describing the difference between the two sides, he added: “I said to myself we are not even in the same profession as these guys.”

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