Pep Guardiola is one of Johan Cruyff’s most famous acolytes at Barcelona, but he does not agree with the Dutchman’s warning that a partnership between Lionel Messi and Neymar could spell disaster for the Spanish champions.
In fact, the Bayern Munich manager- who wanted to sign Neymar while he was at Barca and wanted to take him to Germany too- thinks just the opposite.
Guardiola is confident that La Pulga Atomica and his talented new team-mate will get along just fine, and that their mutual abilities will make the Blaugrana an even more dangerous prospect.
"Will Messi and Neymar work okay together? The best player in footballing history together with another superb one? I'm sure that they'll work fine together," Guardiola said, according to Marca.
"Barca and the [Spanish] national team have a lot of life in them for quite a few years yet.
“Barca got 100 points [last season], which is tremendous. Cruyff's ideas continue and the club has some marvellous players."
Meanwhile, Guardiola says he is already happy with his new coaching adventure at the Allianz Arena, where he is steadily understanding more about the football challenge ahead of him.
"Why did I choose the Bundesliga? It was Bayern that chose me. And I loved their players and the German organisation of things," he said.
"Both players and club are helping me out a lot. They help me with the language. I get a lot of support.
"I'm using my time learning where and how I can play each player at Bayern. I'll continue to carry out tests. We can adopt various playing systems. Playing a '9' or false 9 is a possibility. Both would work well for me.
"The most important thing is the players can get to know me and I the players. I have ideas and have to convince my players of them.
"I don't like it when the opposition team has the ball. I want to have the ball. And we want to make sure we score more goals.
"We can play with recognised strikers and false strikers. It depends also on the physical condition of the players, which system I will choose."