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The biggest effect that Neymar will have on Barcelona may very well be the minor tweaks to the world famous tiki-taka style of play. Barcelona has relied on a short-passing, possession style of play for years now, but Neymar will be able to add a bit more.
For so long Barcelona has always had a plan A, but never a backup plan. While Neymar will not provide a secondary dynamic, he will change the initial style of play, and that will force defenses to alter their strategy.
To begin with, Neymar will cause Barcelona to utilize wing play more than ever.
This season alone, defenses have neutralized Barcelona by forcing them to play through the middle. That same strategy will not work once Neymar arrives, as his ability to get out wide and create space will call or attention from defenders.
With Neymar pulling defenders out of position and Barcelona having more space than ever, the passing game may alter a bit as well. Short passing will still dominate the Blaugrana midfield, but longer passes and more dribbling could soon take shape.
Above all else, Neymar will add a deeper dimension to Barcelona’s attacking line.
The club has relied heavily on goals from inside the box, which has caused defenses to park the bus. But Neymar’s ability to score from outside the box will force opponents to come out of their packed in formations.
In all honesty, Neymar will add to Barcelona what is missing. The very strategies used by defenses to neutralize Barcelona will be taken advantage of once Neymar becomes accustomed to his role at the club.