Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has said that Neymar is “irreplaceable” for Barcelona, but admitted that his exit might not make life any easier for his team.
Neymar completed his world-record €222million move to Paris Saint-Germain last week and is set to make his Ligue 1 debut this weekend.
Speaking ahead of Madrid’s Super Cup first leg against Barca at the Camp Nou on Sunday, Zidane said the move would not change the way Barcelona play and warned that his side would still face a tough challenge.
“Barcelona is not weak – just the opposite,” he told a news conference.
“They have had changes. But in the end, Barcelona is Barcelona. We know how they play, and this will not change.
“Neymar cannot be replaced – there is nobody like him. But whoever comes in will play very well too.
“If we think it will be easier [to face Barcelona without Neymar], we are mistaken. The Spanish Super Cup has a special value, and even more against Barcelona. It is a game against the best rival we have.”
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