Neymar: I will not change the way I play
The Brazilian upset Athletic defenders as he attempted a nonchalant flick late in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday, but insists he was playing his normal game
Barcelona forward Neymar says he will not change the way he plays football after he wound up Athletic Bilbao rivals in his side's 3-1 win in Saturday's Copa del Rey final at Camp Nou.
With Barca 3-1 up and only minutes remaining, Neymar attempted to flick the ball behind his body and over the head of Athletic's Unai Bustinza, provoking an angry reaction from the Basque defender and the rest of his team-mates.
The Brazilian was then treated to a chorus of boos from the Athletic fans and given some rough treatment by rival defenders every time he touched the ball in the final few minutes.
But he told TV3 after the game: "I don't know why they reacted like that. It's my way of playing. I have always played like that and I am not going to change because some people get angry.
"It was a move like any other. These things happen in football."
Barca's win means they have now completed a domestic double of Liga and Copa victories ahead of next weekend's Champions League final against Juventus.
"The double is done," Neymar said. "Now we are just 90 minutes away from making history.
"The pressure was great, but we controlled the game and we have won the title. Now we will rest and start thinking about the treble."
Neymar scored Barca's second goal after Lionel Messi netted a wonderful opening goal to put the Catalans in control and the Argentine later added the third.
"That's Leo," the 22-year-old said. "He's special."
Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Barcelona