LIONEL MESSI insists Barcelona are “better off” following the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian left the Nou Camp in the summer, with Real Madrid having pipped them to the title — and winning the Champions League for the second year running.
Despite many predicting the end for the Catalans, they have stormed to the top of La Liga and are currently on course for the Treble.
And Messi, 30, claims the departure of the Brazilian superstar actually helped them. He told The Mirror: “Without Neymar we are more balanced. His departure led to a change in the way we play.
“We have lost a lot of our offensive potential but we have improved in defence. We have more balance and this allows us to be more solid.”
Unbeaten Barcelona are among the favourites to win the Champions League this season and face Chelsea in the last-16.