Mascherano on Neymar exit: “We had to change…”

Javier Mascherano has lifted the lid on how the departure of Neymar affected Barcelona. The Brazilian stunned the footballing world earlier this year when he left the Camp Nou to join Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal. Barca defender Mascherano, who played alongside Neymar for four years, has opened up on his exit, revealing it forced the Catalan giants to play in a different way.

“When a type of player like Neymar goes it leaves a very big void, among other things because of the importance that he had in the play,” he told ESPN. “We had to change the way of playing, do it with another system.Dembele came, but he could not demonstrate anything, since his injury came quickly. It was a tough blow, as we did not expect it.”