Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been extremely happy with Luis Suarez over the last few months despite the £ 70 million striker not scoring as many goals as he did with Liverpool last season.

This is largely because Suarez has been a team player at Barcelona. He has been regularly involved in the goals scored by the Catalan club and this was aptly demonstrated by his performance in the 3-1 win over Granada. Despite having an open goal at his feet, Suarez decided to give Messi an opportunity to score in the match. However, he was not pleased when he was substituted with 11 minutes of normal time remaining.

Suarez clearly made his feelings known, but Enrique does not give too much attention to the fact that the player was not happy at being substituted. This was the fourth win in five league matches for Barcelona. They were coming on a high after the 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League. Suarez scored both goals in the match while Lionel Messi missed a late penalty that would have given Barcelona a sizeable advantage going into the second leg at the Camp Nou. Suarez has been playing football only since October due to a lengthy suspension from Fifa. Hence, he is certainly not in need of a rest now. (more…)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has lavished the praise on Barcelona striker Luis Suarez ahead of the meeting between the two teams at the Camp Nou this weekend.

The striker was signed by the Catalan club in the summer for around £ 75 million. Much was expected of the Uruguayan who missed much of the early parts of the campaign due to a long-term suspension from Fifa. Upon his return, Suarez has not been able to find the back of the net on a consistent basis like he used to for Liverpool. The 27-year-old has managed just two goals in 10 appearances for Barcelona in the league.

Despite this, Simeone says that he feels that Barcelona do play better when they have Suarez in the team. (more…)

Luis Suarez still denies the accusation that he used racial profanity against Patrice Evra. Suarez was banned for eight matches after the incident which happened in 2011.

Suarez insists that he didn’t use racist swear words in the quarrel that took place between him and Evra. Though he was penalized, Suarez is still saying that Evra doesn’t have proof to substantiate his accusation.

Suarez admits to have broken some rules before for which he was penalized but says that Evra’s accusation against him is entirely baseless. He said that he regrets his past mistakes but the racism accusation against him is entirely untrue. He said that as the allegation was made without any supporting evidence, he felt greatly dejected.

Suarez also thinks that being called a racist is a stigma that would continue to torment him for the rest of his life. Suarez was critical of the way his club Liverpool handled the issue.

Suarez said that he only came to know about the accusation when the contemporary director of football of Liverpool informed him about the complaint being made against him. He said that he couldn’t talk to the referee in this regard because he doesn’t speak English.

Suarez said that he did use the term “Negro” during the argument but it was not used in any racist context. He said that the Spanish connotation of the word doesn’t have a racist angle. He said that he was astonished at first when he came to know about the allegation being made against him. The tension between the two players became apparent once again when Suarez declined shaking hands with Evra.

Suarez expressed his gratitude for his team and its manager Kenny Dalglish for supporting him throughout the phase. He said that Liverpool supported him not because they needed to but because they knew that Suarez as an individual is not at all likely to use racist profanity against another person.

Luis Suarez is relieved to be playing the game of soccer again after serving a big ban period. He made his first competitive appearance for Barcelona FC last night versus Real Madrid and came to the use of the team straightaway by assisting a goal before being taken off the park 20 odd minutes ahead of the finishing time.

Barcelona was not benefitted much by that solitary goal though as Los Blancos scored two more than them and won the encounter in a slamming fashion, but, for Suarez personally, that assist would have been a bit of a confidence booster. (more…)