Barcelona better without Neymar – Messi

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Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has claimed that Neymar’s departure has actually helped the team improve.

Neymar left Barca for PSG last summer in a stunning €222million deal.

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The Brazilian, alongside Messi and Luis Suarez, made up the famed MSN attacking trio, helping the club to two La Liga titles and the Champions League among other trophies.

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But Messi feels they are better with Neymar.

“Without Neymar we are more balanced,” Messi told World Soccer .

“His departure meant a change in our way of playing, we lost a lot of attacking potential, but it helped in the defensive sense.

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“We are currently very well armed in the midfield; this makes us stronger in defence.”

Barca are preparing for the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Chelsea.

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