Alexis Sanchez: Neymar not just Messi in disguise
Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez has hailed the performance of Neymar against Valladolid, insisting the Brazilian is not just Messi in disguise.
The Chile forward combined with Neymar to devastating effect during the 4-1 victory on Saturday, with the pair directly involved in all four goals following Javi Guerra's early opener.
Speaking after the game, Sanchez was thrilled with his partnership with the former Santos star in the absence of attacking sensation Lionel Messi, but the ex-Udinese man believes Neymar must be recognised as more than just a replacement for the Argentine, reports Goal.com
"Neymar was disguised as Neymar, not Messi," the 24-year-old told Gol TV.
"It gives us more work when Messi is not there because it's easier with him on the pitch."
Neymar has managed just two goals in La Liga since his summer arrival from Santos, leading to some question the big price tag, but Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has shrugged off the Seleção international’s doubters.
"Neymar is growing and is one of those players who invent things," he said.
"He always has something more to offer. His entry into the team has been managed well."