Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Luis Enrique not worried about Neymar's goal drought

07 April 2015, 20:13

Barcelona - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is not concerned by Neymar's recent goal drought and is confident the Brazil forward will soon return to top form as Barca continue their bid to repeat 2009's historic treble.

After an impressive first half of the season, Neymar has gone off the boil since the turn of the year and has not scored for the leaders in La Liga since hitting the opener in a 5-0 win at home to Levante on Feb. 15.

Also read: Beto extends Sevilla stay

The 23-year-old looked particularly out of sorts in Sunday's 1-0 win at Celta Vigo and spent much of the game locked in an unseemly battle with Celta fullback Hugo Mallo.

"I am not worried at all," Luis Enrique told a news conference previewing Wednesday's La Liga match at home to Almeria.

"We are talking about an outstanding player, a top player," added the former Barca and Spain midfielder, who is enjoying a successful first term in charge at the Nou Camp.

"And from what I see in training I am sure his scoring streak will soon return and he will be back on top form.

"Now he is helping us in a less spectacular way, less visible for you, but he gives the team a lot of things that I consider important."

Barca can stretch their lead over second-placed Real Madrid to seven points with a win against Almeria, applying more pressure on Real whose game at Madrid neighbours Rayo Vallecano kicks off two hours later.

Luis Enrique's side are through to the last eight of the Champions League to face Paris St Germain and will seek a record-extending 27th King's Cup triumph when they play Athletic Bilbao in the final on May 30.

Barca became the only Spanish side to win the treble of domestic league and Cup and Champions League in Pep Guardiola's first season at the helm in 2008-09.

Guardiola was a former team mate of Luis Enrique, as was Almeria's new coach Sergi Barjuan, who agreed to take over at the struggling Andalucian side on Monday following Sunday's sacking of Juan Ignacio Martinez.

"He is a friend and I am in touch with him from time to time," Luis Enrique said.

"I am pleased he has this opportunity and I hope he makes the most of it starting on Thursday."

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...