Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel celebrated the impact of star Neymar on his French Ligue 1 team's progression so far this season.
Neymar is in spectacular form for PSG, and he consolidated that by scoring both goals, while Tuchel's men beat Lille 2-0 at Stade Pierre Mauroy on Sunday.
His support ensured that Christophe Galtier's Lille lost at home – Stade Pierre Mauroy, in the league for the first time since March last year.
The Brazilian has scored nine goals in seven consecutive Ligue 1 games.
Neymar reportedly heard of Kobe Bryant's death at halftime, then scored his second goal in the second half match and dedicated it to the NBA star who died in a helicopter confrontation with his daughter earlier in the day. He formed Bryant's iconic number 24 with his fingers in celebration of the goal.
“He has an incredible ability to accelerate and dribble. He was exceptional at times, ”said Tuchel of Neymar's current form.
"He has been playing at this level for weeks and offers games of this caliber every three days.
"He is a boy capable of simple things and then exceptional things in the next minute. I am happy for him, as it will give him a lot of confidence."
Tuchel added: "We had a lot of ball in the first period and a little less in the second, when our counterattacks were unsuccessful. Sometimes we lost easy balls.
“It was still a good game that we managed to control. It wasn’t obvious that we faced a very strong opponent team,
unbeaten at home, with a very strong coach and a very good atmosphere. "