Everyone is waiting to see Messi pair up with Neymar. But allow me to break the cycle by stating that Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba will benefit the most from the Brazilian’s arrival.
As shocking as that statement may sound, it is actually very true.
This season was arguably the best ever for Andres Iniesta. Some will even argue that he outplayed Messi and a good bit of his fine form comes down to the arrival of Jordi Alba. Whether it be at Barcelona or for Spain, Iniesta and Alba form a deadly partnership.
Alba’s forward runs may be the best in the world from a left-back. He links up play with the attack and uses his space to get wide and in behind the defense.
Iniesta often finds himself in situations overlapping with Alba and pulling the defense out of position on the left. But the duo is missing one key piece to be truly lethal.
Neymar will add the third tip of the trident to the Alba and Iniesta partnership that gives opponents a constant headache.
Expect overlapping and through balls to continue, with defenders being forced to play outside of their own box. Alba will have the opportunity to get in behind while Neymar gets space to work his magic. The key will be Iniesta, who will balance out the entire play.
Again, Messi will gain a lot from having a true attacking partner. But it is Alba and Iniesta who will glean the most from Neymar’s arrival. Defenders will have to deal with a fierce attack next season—it will truly be a game of pick your poison.
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Tre’ Atkinson. Follow me on Twitter for more discussions on Neymar, FC Barcelona and all Spanish football.