Barcelona forward Neymar insists his confidence hasn’t been knocked despite a lack of goals this season.
The Brazilian international found the back of the net 31 times in 49 games across all competitions during the 2015/16 campaign as Barca retained the La Liga title as well as the Copa del Rey.
However, he’s found things rather difficult this year as he’s netted just five goals in the league – one in his last 12
appearances – and nine in total. Despite admitting to being frustrated by not scoring regularly, Neymar maintains he’s not concerned.
“It’s difficult when you’re not scoring, especially when you’re a forward, where the expectations are higher,” he said in an interview with Red Bull, as reported by Football Espana.
“So, yes, it’s bad, it’s annoying, but it’s not my biggest worry. I concentrate on winning matches; it doesn’t matter if it’s me or a teammate that scores.
“Whenever the game is won then I worry about scoring and ending my jinx – but no, I’m not concerned!”
With Neymar’s form in front of goal taking a dip, the same can’t be said about his creativity as he’s weighed in with 17 assists so far this season – including seven in the Champions League group stages, which is the highest in the competition.
He was forced to sit out last night’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash with Atletico Madrid through suspension, although his teammates were able to get the job done in order to progress to the final where they’ll face either Alaves or Celta Vigo.
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