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Gudjohnsen feels that Barcelona wanted Neymar to take pressure off Messi

The former striker has been talking about the GOAT

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Eidur Gudjohnsen had some pretty insightful quotes this week. You can check out the full quotes here, but the main information to takeaway is his view on how Neymar would have helped Messi.

“Messi is still the top player at the moment. If he has an injury, as we have seen at the start of the season, then Griezmann can be someone to step in. With Neymar, that might be more of that thinking, even though it didn’t happen.

”I think Barcelona are looking to other players to take the pressure off Messi. How can we have other players around him to draw attention in a different direction. As soon as your attention goes off Messi, he pops up and scores you a few goals.

”They went through a period where all the attention was on him and he was the man who had to do everything. When Suarez and Neymar came in, that took some of the attention off him and freed him up even more.

”That was probably the best strike force of Barcelona or in modern-day football. It was lethal. I think Barcelona will always challenge anyway. They have Messi, Griezmann, [Ousmane] Dembele and Suarez. Good players like [Gerard] Pique at the back.

Eidur Gudjohnsen | Source

Neymar would have certainly taken a load off of Messi. The hope for the current Barcelona team is that they’ve put together a team capable of doing so now, without Neymar. Griezmann isn’t the same player as Neymar, but if the Barcelona attack is stable, it will eventually take that load off of Messi that the team needs.

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