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Pique: Neymar, Messi will work together

7 June 2013 19:52

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has predicted that recent signing Neymar will complement Lionel Messi perfectly.

The Catalan club parted with 57 million euros to capture the Brazil international from Santos, and he will now line up next to the four-time Ballon d'Or winner at Camp Nou next season.

But Pique insists that Messi and Neymar will not tread on each others toes, and expects the pair to bring the best from each other.

"It is true that we faced him in the Club World Cup (in December 2011) and although we won that final, he showed he is a striker that you cannot take your eye off of for a moment," he told Mundo Deportivo.

"He is technical, fast, has a lot of ways to trouble a defence, I believe his is a very good signing.

"Surely he will fit well with Messi, they will understand each other. The best players are always able to work together and they will.

"The more good players we have, the more chances we have to win titles and that is what we all want. Furthermore, the presence of Neymar will help Leo.

"Many times I have seen opponents try to drown him, with a crowd of players around him. With Neymar, at least those opponents will now have to be aware of another player.

"And we also have (Andres) Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc (Fabregas), Pedro. Also, Neymar is one of those players that Camp Nou likes to watch, and that's always good because the fans are more lively."

The Spain international also insisted that he has no concerns over the prospect of Barcelona signing centre-backs who could potentially threaten his regular first-team involvement.

"Not at all. It is normal that the club try to improve each year. Here we want to win it all every season and for that we must have the best squad possible," he added.

"If the club considers it is necessary to strengthen the defence, by all means. This season we have conceded more goals than in the past so we must improve.

"Most of those who are linked have experience in the top flight. Thiago Silva, Mats Hummels, Vincent Kompany…they are all very good and are at great clubs.

"But deciding who to sign is down to the technical staff. I have to devote myself to training and playing."

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Primera División table

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1 15 +42 39
2 16 +34 38
3 15 +14 32
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