Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted he misses his former teammate Neymar, and accepted his crew have misplaced a little bit of their inventive magic since his departure, regardless of a robust begin to the 2017/18 season.
After Neymar turned the footballing world the other way up along with his record-breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, whereas Barcelona have been anticipated to endure this season in his absence.
Surprisingly, Ernesto Valverde’s aspect have up to now excelled, main La Liga by 4 factors after 13 video games, and are already eight factors above bitter rivals Actual Madrid.
Nevertheless, Croatian maestro Rakitic has just lately confessed in an interview with Mundo Deportivo (through the Daily Star) that he nonetheless misses the Brazilian.
“We had a bit extra ‘present’ when Ney was right here, perhaps we lack that a little bit bit now. That was introduced by Ney himself.
“I would like him to be right here. If I had a magic wand, I might have him by my aspect. We have spoken about Ney loads, although, however he isn’t right here any extra and we’re doing rather well.”
“I miss him, too, not simply on the pitch however within the dressing room,” he added.
Rakitic additionally commented on the hysteria surrounding Neymar’s purported remorse over the transfer, and his strained integration on the membership, regardless of impressing.
He added: “It is been the identical for me earlier than. After I left Germany for Sevilla, I missed everybody.
“Then once I got here right here, I used to be going again to Seville at any time when I might. Later, you get used to your new environment and teammates.
“The power of this crew is in its values within the dressing room. We miss Ney. Whether or not he regrets leaving or not, you’d should ask him.”
Barcelona maintained their imperious begin to this marketing campaign on Wednesday night time, defeating Actual Murcia Eight-Zero on mixture of their Copa del Rey conflict to advance to the final 16.