Thursday, 26 November 2015

Neymar must continue inspiring Barcelona with Lionel Messi back fit

The ESPN FC crew look at whether anyone can match Barcelona right now.
When the dust had only just started to settle on Barcelona's 4-0 win over Real Madrid last weekend and with Luis Enrique in full flow in his postmatch news conference, one of the more light-hearted moments of the night occurred.
Attempting to find a worthwhile line of questioning amid constant praise for the away team's performance, one journalist asked the coach if he would have a problem reintroducing Lionel Messi to a side that was flying so high with Neymar as its central figure.
Before the reporter had even finished the question, the Asturian shook his head. "A big bloody problem," was his sarcastic response.
On the evidence of this week's 6-1 Champions League win over Roma, the Barca manager was right to laugh off the suggestion. Messi capped his return to the starting line-up with two goals, an assist and plenty of energy -- a statement of intent suggesting he will continue the career-best form of last season.
Yet influential too was Neymar, whose lack of a goal or an assist for the record books belied the exceptionally high quality of his performance. The forward was directly involved in the construction of the opening two goals, played the ball in from a short corner that led to the third and had a hand in the fourth. He was a constant source of creativity for his team's attack over the course of 90 minutes.
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