Barcelona star Luis Suarez has confessed how difficult it was to come to the club from Liverpool. In an extensive interview with ‘El Periódico de Catalunya’, the Uruguayan striker speaks about the doubts he has about being a success at Barça when he signed three years ago.
Speaking to journalists Marcos López and Joan Domenech, Luis Suarez reveals he could not see himself playing for Barça. “Two months before signing for Barça I said it,” he comments, addint that “firstly because Barça play touch football and there was little space for my way of playing; secondly because Leo was playing as a No.9, a false nine, and it was impossible to take his place. And also because Barça has stopped using a No.9 like [Samuel] Eto’o. All that made me thing I didn’t have a chance. I was used to a more physical way of playing at Liverpool, similar to Uruguay, and Barça weren’t playing like that.”
Luis Suarez, however, gave his all and “if I’ve got anywhere it’s because I am very stubborn.” Finally he signed for Barça and made his debut against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu — playing on the right of the front three. “It was a slightly strange position, although I’d played it at Ajax. And at Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers spoke to me about playing left or right because there was [Daniel] Sturridge as a No.9 and I didn’t have any problem with it. But the coach and the players realised that we needed a reference [through the middle] for the pressing and to finish the players and that benefitted all the team [switching with Messi],” Suarez says.
Suarez, who “played on the bare-footed on the streets, with my friends”, explained his relationship with Messi: “Living with him I’ve been able to see that it is very difficult to be Leo Messi and you have to understand that. What he has shown me on and off the pitch is admirable.”