Deulofeu: Barca fine without Messi

Gerard Deulofeu sees no issue with Barcelona playing at the moment without Lionel Messi, as he also reflects on life in England.

The young winger is currently on loan at Premier League side Everton, but has kept track of his parent club, who are having to make do without their injured No 10 for the time being.

“Any player at Barcelona can do perfectly well without Messi,” mused Deulofeu to Reuters this week.

“His presence is noticeable, because he is the best player in the world, but they are playing very well.

“Barca so far this season? They are at a great level, they have won every game. It is important that they are rotating the players, so that everybody plays. I wish them well.

“I do not see differences to their style of play. There are the same players, they play a beautiful football. We shall see if they can win many titles.”

The 19-year-old has made a handful of appearances so far for Everton under Spaniard Roberto Martinez.

“I have played a little less than in Spain, but I am happy there, getting involved little by little. I am working every day and for that, everything arrives.

“Every game in the Premier League is very nice. There are differences with the Spanish League, of course, but it is football. I’m very happy with the experience.”

This week sees Deulofeu join up with the Spain Under-21 squad for their latest 2015 European Championship qualifiers.

“Everything is reflected from the senior side. They are playing wonderfully and we are also trying to do the same. Slowly, everything comes.

“It’s always an honour to join up with this squad, with these guys. The truth is that things are very comfortable.

“For these two games, we want to win six points and help our qualification to the European Championships.”

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