In a brief interview with EFE, former FC Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu spoke about his former club, teammates as well as comparing the two best players in the world. He also opened up on Paulinho’s transfer to Barcelona. The French International who’s now a player of Sporting CP will face Barcelona in the Champions League Group stage.
On Messi or Neymar: “Messi.”
On Neymar’s Departure: No one thought he was going to leave Barcelona. But that’s football for you, it happens that way and it was his decision to make. But in the end, I think he left Barca because he was in the shadow of Messi. It’s his wish to win the Ballon d’Or, he’s happy where he is and he’s helping his team win games which is good for him.
On Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo: I don’t personally know Cristiano Ronaldo but in the game of football they have their own different playing style. I know Leo and I know he’s one of the very best in the game.
On Paulinho: I also don’t know him in person, but for Barca to sign a player it means he deserves it. He scored a critical goal against Getafe.
On his team against Barcelona: As the match draws near, I’ll speak to my former teammates and I’ll joke with them. We all know they’re one of the most difficult side to play against but we will try to win the game just like we try to win others. There may be complications but we will give our best in the game.
On toughest attacker to mark: A lot of tough attackers, but in training Luis Suarez is very hard to mark. If I will play in the game it means I’ll play against him. He’s a little like Falcao, difficult to defend against and also strong with his back.