MX23RW : Saturday, October 20 00:33:25

Ivan Rakitic: 'Barcelona have overcome Neymar departure with collective work'

Rakitic: 'Barca coping without Neymar'
© Offside
Ivan Rakitic claims that Barcelona have coped with Neymar's exit through "collective work" and adds that "sometimes the best players in the world don't make the best team".

Ivan Rakitic has claimed that Barcelona have coped with Neymar's departure through "collective work" and stated that "sometimes the best players in the world don't make the best team".

The Brazil international departed Camp Nou in the summer for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m move which many believed would have left Barca weakened.

However, the Blaugrana sit comfortably top of the La Liga table having gone 15 games unbeaten, and are also in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"[Neymar] is one of the best players in the world, but sometimes the best players in the world don't make the best team," Rakitic told Sportske Novosti.

"We have overcome his departure with collective work. We have worked as hard as possible and have been able to win."

Neymar made 186 appearances for Barcelona during a four-year spell in Catalonia, scoring 105 goals and registering 80 assists.

Share this article now:
Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates scoring during his side's Champions League group game against Juventus at the Camp Nou on September 12, 2017
Read Next:
Batistuta: 'Argentina must adapt to Messi'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1AlavesAlaves9522128417
2Sevilla85121881016
3Barcelona84311991015
4Atletico MadridAtletico843194515
5Real Madrid8422127514
6Espanyol8422117414
7Real Valladolid833276112
8Real Betis833256-112
9Real Sociedad83231211111
10Celta Vigo92431313010
11Levante83141214-210
12EibarEibar8314912-310
13Getafe823367-19
14Valencia816167-19
15GironaGirona82331013-39
16Villarreal822467-18
17Athletic Bilbao7142913-47
18Leganes8215712-57
19Rayo Vallecano7124715-85
20Huesca8125718-115

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account