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Just How Good Could a Messi, Neymar and Suarez Attack Be for Barcelona?

Jason PettigroveContributor IAugust 27, 2014

Just How Good Could a Messi, Neymar and Suarez Attack Be for Barcelona?

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    Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. A football match made in heaven.
    Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. A football match made in heaven.David Ramos/Getty Images

    Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

    No, it's not your dream front line on the new edition of FIFA, but it is Barcelona's from October onwards.

    It's a mouth-watering prospect for any football fan, not just one who follows the Catalans, and La Liga is all the richer for Suarez's added presence.

    With much to get excited about, the proof of the pudding will be in just how well the trio, that will rival any in world football, dovetail together.

    Let's take a look at what we might expect...

Goals Galore

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    Messi, Neymar and Suarez are capable of topping the goalscoring charts.
    Messi, Neymar and Suarez are capable of topping the goalscoring charts.Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

    It's long been contended that someone had to be signed by Barcelona who could take the goalscoring burden from Lionel Messi.

    Neymar's arrival had intended to solve that problem without perhaps taking into account the adjustment that the youngster would have to make in his first season.

    He still weighed in with some important strikes but who better than Luis Suarez, the joint winner of last season's European Golden Shoe alongside Cristiano Ronaldo with 31 goals, to ignite the goalscoring charts for the Blaugrana this season.

    Neymar himself, with the benefit of a year's apprenticeship, should make a bigger dent in the goals for column.

Movement

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    Clubs will find it difficult to pick up all three of Barca's forwards for 90 minutes.
    Clubs will find it difficult to pick up all three of Barca's forwards for 90 minutes.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    If we look at Suarez's time at Liverpool, his intelligent movement, as well as his prowess in front of goal, is what marked him out as special.

    Like a whirling dervish at times, he is so hard to pick up or to keep track of, and for a full 90 minutes it will be a thankless and almost impossible task.

    Add in a roving Messi, given carte-blanche by Luis Enrique to wander as he sees fit, and any defence will have nightmares trying to deal with the twin threat.

    Neymar's presence is almost an afterthought, but he too showed in the World Cup just how dangerous he can be either coming from deep or in off of the left wing.

Set-Piece Excellence

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    Barcelona haven't really struggled in the set-piece department recently.

    Xavi Hernandez and in particular Lionel Messi have been among the best exponents in the league, however, dead-ball specialists are few and far between.

    Now take a look at what Suarez brings to the party.

    Any fouls just outside of the box will be punished with aplomb. It's another potent weapon to have in the locker.

Formational Variety

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    If there is one thing that is going to mark Barca's attack out this season, it will be the seamless ability to switch positions and, ultimately, formations.

    Luis Enrique has been tinkering during pre-season, playing Lionel Messi in the role he employs for the Argentine national team.

    A slightly deeper role affords Messi time and space otherwise denied him. Defences are more likely to "stay at home" rather then risk being pulled out of position only for La Pulga to fire passes to Neymar and Suarez like the one above—the "impossible pass" to Angel di Maria.

    The Brazilian will more than likely remain in the wide left berth he occupied at club level last season, although he too made a case for being utilised centrally in a handful of games last term.

    Suarez is likely to be more comfortable as a central striker but as he showed in his time on Merseyside, working in chances from either side comes naturally to him.

    In short, Lucho has the opportunity to play around with his strikers without any noticeable drop in output. If Barca are finding it hard to break teams down, a change in formation and point of attack may be just what hands them the three points.

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