Enrique: Neymar not dropped

The Brazilian sat out the La Liga victory on the bench while Pedro played in a front three alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

But the Barcelona boss says Neymar was not dropped, and instead owed his exclusion to a busy recent schedule.

“Neymar is the only one who didn’t get a rest with his national team. So [tonight] I called [up] Pedro, who was in the best possible condition,” Enrique said.

Barca retained their four-point gap at the top of La Liga with the win, thanks to a brace from Suarez and a goal apiece for Marc Bartra and Messi.??

“We controlled the game and we didn???t suffer much,” added Enrique. “Almeria let us attack on the wings and we took advantage.

“To me, we played at a very high level. We just slowed up a bit when the match was practically over.??

“Overall it was a match that will strengthen us for the next one.”