BARCELONA: Brazilian striker Neymar has vowed to continue to produce his trademark dribbles and dummies even if that makes him a target for rough tackles, he said on Thursday.
Neymar was left heavily bleeding from a cut eyebrow when he was elbowed in the face during a 5-0 World Cup qualifying win over Bolivia last week.
While some commentators have suggested the player’s style is provocative, the 24-year-old Barcelona marksman was unrepentant about his flashy football.
“I won’t change. (The other team) know that when I go on the pitch I play my game and my game is like that, dribbling, scoring goals and creating them for my teammates. I’m happy playing that way,” he said.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was equally dismissive of critics.
“He plays like that whether opponents like it or not,” The coach said last month.
Spanish champions Barcelona are currently down in fourth in La Liga after a 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo two weeks ago and have a blockbuster Champions League clash against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Wednesday.