Barcelona star blasts: We don’t miss Neymar!
Barcelona have coped well and have not missed Neymar, according to midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
The Croat admits Neymar remains one of the best players in the world, but says his absence is not felt at the Catalan club because ‘the best players don’t make the best team’.
“He is one of the best players in the world, but sometimes the best players in the world don’t make the best team,” he told Sportske Novosti.
“We have overcome his departure with collective work.
“We have worked as hard as possible and have been able to win.”
Having seen Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain in a record-breaking €222 million deal, fears were raised regarding how those at Camp Nou would fare in his absence – especially when Ousmane Dembele suffered an untimely injury shortly after being drafted in as his €105m replacement.
But they have done just okay, as they sit at the top of the La Liga standings having gone unbeaten through 15 games.
Barca have also progressed to the last-16 of the Champions League, where they are scheduled to meet Chelsea, and are hunting down another Copa del Rey triumph.
Big games are set to come thick and fast over the next couple of months, with a Clasico clash with Real Madrid looming large on December 23.