Ernesto Valverde says he is confident that Neymar will stay at Barcelona. “We think he’ll help us this season.”
Neymar started Barca’s Clasico friendly against Real Madrid and assisted Gerard Pique’s winner in a 3-2 victory on Sunday morning, despite speculation that he could join Paris Saint-Germain.
“The truth is that it was tough because of the heat and humidity,” the Coach said after the game.
“We started the match very well, we scored two goals and created chances.
“Due to the humidity, there wasn’t much rhythm, but I saw the team control the game very well.
“We let them have chances too, but we created more to widen our lead.
“Neymar? I try to talk about things that are happening, not things that can happen.
“We’re going to wait, but we think Neymar will help us this season. I see him here on the field and we hope he’ll stay.
“Messi? We only expect the best from Messi and all our players, and you could see that he was playing at an extraordinary level.
“The enthusiasm we have and demands we’ve placed on ourselves are geared towards winning every trophy.
“Generally, results are the consequences of your performances, and we’ve tried to dominate and create goal situations.
“Naturally you look for results, but for us to win, it’s about focusing on our game.”