Lionel Messi, the focal point of the Barcelona team got injured a couple of weeks back, Barca were faced with the challenge of playing without their main and vital man, also noting the fact that the team had other players who were sidelined because of injury: Rafinha (out for the season), Iniesta (was out for a month but back now).
Barcelona at first had the negative psychology effect of playing without Messi, a good example was the match they lost at home to Sevilla, and they play poorly in other matches but managed to get good results; but as you expect form a world class team, Barca has proved to formidable especially in their attack without Messi, with Neymar and Suarez stepping up to the plate.
The duo have contributed to 38 goals in 17 matches (Neymar: 13 goals & 6 assists; Suarez: 13 goals & 6 assists). In particular, we’ve seen the rise of Neymar, improvement in different areas of his game, he has become a man that can carry Barca, he’s currently the highest goal scorer in La Liga with 11 goals (the same league where Cristiano Ronaldo has played every single match).
Other players have also gotten opportunity to express themselves like Sergi Roberto, Munir, Sandro and so on.
We’ve seen especially last season how formidable the MSN (Messi-Neymar-Suarez) combination is, but its important to note that Barca created an attack that allows for even the great messi to be injured; so even when Barca is messiless, the trickery of Neymar and the incisiveness of Suarez will take your team out.
HAVE DIFFERENT GOOD OPTIONS.
Build the strength of your organisation on a team and not on an individual. And of course, have more than one Messi.
Sanni Mayowa (@MayowaSanni)
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