Enrique defends Neymar’s trickery

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Barcelona coach Luis Enrique wants Brazilian striker Neymar to keep showing off his skills despite resentment from opponents.

Enrique defends Neymar’s trickery

SHOWS: BARCELONA, SPAIN (JANUARY 16, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. BARCELONA’S BRAZILIAN STRIKER NEYMAR (LEFT) LIONEL MESSI AND LUIS SUAREZ

2. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) FC BARCELONA COACH, LUIS ENRIQUE, ON NEYMAR, SAYING:

“I’m going to advise him to keep enjoying football. Now there can definitely be no one from competing teams who can be surprised if Neymar does dribbling. He sees football that way, it doesn’t mean he’s trying to humiliate anyone, we’ve already explained it. And if a rival player gets angry, he must know there’s a referee who can always expel him. He doesn’t do anything offensive, he doesn’t interpret it that way, he’s a Brazilian player, everyone knows him already. There’s nothing disrespectful or derogatory. It can be understood or not, I leave it one’s individual choice, but it’s not a good excuse to say that Neymar made a hat, or a nutmeg. He plays football that way and anyone should try to stop him how they can and there will be a referee to judge him.”

STORY: Barcelona striker Neymar has faced criticism for his showboating style, his tricks seen as humiliating some players and causing resentment among opponents.

But coach Luis Enrique wants the Brazilian to continue.

“I’m going to advise him to keep enjoying football. No one from competing teams can be surprised if Neymar does dribbling. He sees football that way, it doesn’t mean he’s trying to humiliate anyone, we’ve already explained it.

“If a rival player gets angry, he must know there’s a referee who can always expel him. He doesn’t do anything offensive, he doesn’t interpret it that way, he’s a Brazilian player, everyone knows him already. There’s nothing disrespectful or derogatory. He plays football that way and anyone should try to stop him how they can,” said Enrique.

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