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Tata Compares Neymar To Messi

Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has heaped praise on Brazilian star Neymar for the way he has settled at the club - comparing him to Barca icon Lionel Messi.

The Spanish giants lured the youngster to Spain this summer and has impressed at the start of his career with the Catalans.

With Messi on the sidelines due to injury, a lot of pressure was put on the Brazilian in attack at the weekend but he responded perfectly with a solid showing alongside Alexis Sanchez and Christian Tello.

"He (Neymar) is a player that, like Messi, no matter whether he plays left, right or centre, always plays well," Martino enthused to reporters.

"Neymar dominates every facet of the game and keeps striving to improve. In two months, he has integrated into our system. It is very difficult to find such players of his age.

"Alexis knows the opinion I have of him as a player. I had said I wanted to see the Sanchez that played for Marcelo Bielsa's Chile. He played an excellent game today.

"Tello played fine, he created various situations for us and made a decisive goal for us. It isn't easy for him as he's played less minutes."

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