Lionel Messi believes that Barcelona – unbeaten and 6 points clear atop La Liga – have improved since Neymar left for Paris Saint-Germain.
No Neymar? No worries for Catalan Giants, who are more balanced without Neymar, according to Barcelona Talisman Lionel Messi. Barcelona parted ways with Neymar last summer as he joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of €222 Million.
The Brazilian was once a part of the world’s deadliest attacking trio, along with Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. His decision to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona came as a shock to fans and many eyebrows were raised on him.
Concerns were raised over the summer when Barcelona was forced into a record-breaking transfer deal once the release clause of their Brazilian forward was met. Neymar departing for Paris Saint-Germain was seen as a great loss for Barcelona.
Despite many predicting the end for the Catalans, they have stormed to the top of La Liga and are currently on their way to complete the third treble of this decade. Many wondered that how Barcelona will cope up with the loss of their Brazilian star, but Messi believes that Neymar’s departure meant moving from strength to more strength.
When quizzed about how Barcelona are doing without Neymar, Messi said: “Without Neymar, we are more balanced. His departure led to a change in the way we play. We have lost a lot of our offensive potential but we have improved in defense. We have more balance and this allows us to be more solid.”
Neymar Is Regretting His Move:
Meanwhile, according to various reports from French Media, Neymar is already regretting his move to Paris Saint-Germain and is getting linked with Real Madrid to mark his comeback to La Liga. However, only time will tell if Nasser Al-Khelaifi will allow Neymar to leave or not, given what all he has done to bring Neymar to France.
Reports have suggested that Neymar and Messi have been exchanging regular messages about his potential move to Los Blancos. However, Paris Saint-Germain boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi is quite reluctant to leave Neymar.
When quizzed what he has to say on Neymar’s potential move to Real Madrid, Al-Khelaifi said: “When I listen (to the rumors), I smile because it is not true. The link with Real? It makes me laugh when I listen to that. These are rumors. You ask me to answer rumors. Will he be there 100 percent next season? Not 100 percent, at 2000 percent.”
Let’s see what future holds for the Brazilian. However, speaking about Barcelona’s next station in La Liga. Barcelona next takes on Getafe on Sunday with hopes of continuing their unbeaten run in La Liga
I do agree with what Messi had to say about Neymar’s departure. After Neymar’s departure, Barcelona has developed into a more balanced side, which has improved them defensively. After Neymar’s departure and a poor preseason, it seems like the Spanish League would be a one-horse race.
But now the scenario is entirely different, it’s too early to declare Barcelona as a winner, but Barcelona surely looks more structured and organized.