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Should Neymar feel the Pressure to replace Messi?

According to former Lyon star Juninho, Neymar must not put too much pressure on himself to replace the injured Messi for Barcelona. Messi will be missed for two months due to the knee injury during the September 26 victory over Las Palmas. Messi is not expected to return to the games until mid-November even if he has avoided surgery and is progressing pretty well.

Luis Enrique’s side has struggled so far in Messi’s absence and they have narrowly overcome Bayer Leverkusen in the Champion’s League that was held Tuesday before they were beaten 2 – 1 by Sevilla in La Liga during the weekend. However, according to Juninho, Neymar should not bear the responsibility of replacing Messi’s impact at the Catalan club.

Neymar should get the ball, score all the goals and make everything happen and his thoughts should not be about replacing Messi but on winning the games. According to Juninho, Neymar has to take the initiative considering that Messi is not on the field. He has to take the lead so that he can win the games while Messi is recuperating from his injury.

Responsibility is something that Neymar is used to after spending several years as the talisman for his old club Santos as well as Brazil’s football team. However, Juninho thinks that it might be harder for Neymar to repeat the same feats with Barcelona.

At Santos, Neymar was always the center of attention and so with the Brazilian national team. Neymar is used to increased pressure but he has to lead the five-time world champions. Barcelona will be more difficult but Neymar knows that he should be the leader of the team by what he does on the pitch. Nothing will be easy for Neymar because losing their best player is a big challenge. Neymar is supremely gifted but the fact is no one can adequately replace Lionel Messi who hopes that his team can stay in contention until his return to the field.

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