Neymar makes Barcelona debut, but no Messi-Neymar partnership yet
Neymar was satisfied with his debut for Barcelona, but admitted he needed time to settle down at the club. The prodigal Brazilian forward has been the latest addition to Barcelona’s starstruck attack following a €57 million move from Santos.
The 21-year-old Brazil international was delighted after his debut. The youngster played in the final 15 minutes of a friendly against Lechia Gdansk which ended at a 2-2 draw. After the game, Neymar admitted he needed to time to build chemistry with his teammates.
“I am very happy to have made my debut, I’m very proud to play for Barca. I just need a bit more time to adapt and to get match fit,” Neymar told reporters.
In spite of featuring for only 15 minutes, Neymar made an instant impact in the game. The former Santos forward helped Barcelona acquire four free-kicks and became a constant annoyance for Lechia Gdansk, especially outside the box.
Neymar was brought down hard in some of the tackles making the club’s new manager Gerardo Martinez worry for his safety. Neymar claims he is unscathed from the tackles and hopes to build his game further before the next match.
“There were some strong challenges but it’s fine, they didn’t hurt me,” Neymar added.
There was a lot of anticipation for Barcelona’s match against Lechia Gdansk as it would be the first time Lionel Messi and Neymar would feature together. However, fans were left disappointed as Messi was called off the pitch only two minutes after Neymar was put in.
Neymar wasn’t upset by the little time he was given on the green. The Brazilian understands he will have plenty of time to play beside Messi. Neymar admitted Messi was his “idol” and he was starting to build chemistry with him.
“I feel very comfortable with him,” Neymar said of the four-time Ballon d’Or winner. “He’s an idol of mine and I’m so happy to be able to be alongside him. He’s a fantastic player and a great person and I just want to help him to continue making the Barca fans happy.”
The Argentinean star and the Brazilian star are now expected to play together in the Joan Gamper trophy. Neymar admits it will be “odd” playing against his former club Santos, but he is “proud” to play for Barcelona.
“I’m so proud to be able to play for Barca. It will be odd playing against Santos, but Barca is my team now,” Neymar said.