Neymar criticises Barcelona fans after Champions League win

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Barcelona recovered from a first-half setback to win 2-1 against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League last night - but it was hardly a vintage display from the Catalan giants.

In the absence of Lionel Messi, the Blaugrana failed to break down their German opponents, but goals from Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez helped them to victory.

However, Brazilian superstar Neymar has criticised the Camp Nou fans by claiming they made it difficult for the players last night.


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Following the game, the 23-year-old spoke to Spanish publication AS, where he said the whistles from the stands made it hard for Barcelona.

"Yes, it is difficult when the fans are not with us," he said. "But we know that most of us want. We are trying to do what we can."

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Fans of the Catalan club expect the best from their players but the Barcelona stars failed to produce the required performance yesterday evening, despite claiming the three points.

Neymar failed to fill the void left by four-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi, and will be expected to improve his overall performance when they travel to Sevilla on Saturday.

He attempted 17 dribbles against Leverkusen last night and gave away possession on seven occasions - as per WhoScored - he also had four shots on goal but failed to test Bernd Leno.

His performance was better than that of Luis Suarez - despite the Uruguayan grabbing the winner - who attempted only three dribbles and touched the ball just 33 times compared to Neymar's 77.

As the centre forward, he only attempted three shots - but one of them was the all-important second goal.

With Andres Iniesta now out for a month, the injuries are beginning to mount up for the Catalan outfit and Neymar and Suarez will be expected to step up and keep Barca on track for silverware come the end of the season.

Is Neymar capable of filling the void left by Lionel Messi? Have your say in the comments section below!

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