“Neymar has been a great player since he signed for Barça”
Luis Enrique gave an emphatic response when asked about the Brazilian’s form.
Luis Enrique says Neymar has always been great since signing for Barcelona, refuting suggestions he’s now great because of his performances in Lionel Messi’s absence.
Neymar scored four goals in last week’s win over Rayo Vallecano and set up both of Ivan Rakitic’s strikes in the midweek win over BATE Borisov in the Champions League.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of Sunday’s match with Eibar at Camp Nou, Luis Enrique was full of praise for the Brazilian forward.
“Are we seeing the best Neymar since he joined Barcelona? No, I don’t think so,” the Barça boss said.
“He has always been a great player for us. He is a very special player, a unique player. He has been great all these years.”
However, Luis Enrique did admit that there is still room for improvement — a scary thought for La Liga defenders given the 23-year-old’s impressive performances.
“Obviously he is still developing, but he has been fantastic ever since he came to Barcelona,” Luis Enrique continued.
“He scores goals, provides assists and can make the difference.”
Going into Sunday’s meeting against Eibar, Neymar is the top scorer in La Liga with eight goals and he will be looking to build on that tally against the Basque minnows.