Neymar's departure makes it easier for Valverde to work with the team:
Few would have imagined out of the chaos that resulted from Neymar's departure, that Barcelona would have won their first five LaLiga games playing eye-catching football and it has happened in part because without the Brazilian, coach Ernesto Valverde has a freer reign.
The MSN forced Barcelona to play a 4-3-3 formation but now Valverde can experiment with different strategies including that of putting Luis Suarez out wide in Neymar's place and having Messi more central.
Valverde has tried out Messi in the middle with Dembele, or Deulofeu, on the right while also a 4-4-2 formation with Denis Suarez starting on the left wing. In all the games so far he has used three substitutes and is making full use of his squad.
While it is a blow to lose a player of Neymar's quality, while the player argues with his new teammates, Valverde can concentrate on giving more players a chance.