Initially thought I wouldn’t be able to fit in at Barcelona: Suarez
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said on Saturday that he once feared that he would not be able to fit into the Catalan giants’ style of play.football Updated: Feb 15, 2016 10:59 IST
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez said on Saturday that he once feared that he would not be able to fit into the Catalan giants’ style of play.
Suarez moved from Liverpool to the Camp Nou in 2014 and last year he was instrumental in guiding his side to five trophies.
He has scored 36 goals in 34 appearances so far this season.
“At first I didn’t think I was going to fit into Barcelona’s way of playing,” Suarez was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“There was a lot of tiki-taka and I was thinking that without a lot of space to play in, I’d find it more difficult. I worried about that. But the help of my team-mates and the fact Luis Enrique ended up putting me in the number nine position meant I felt more comfortable.”
“I’ve got a magnificent relationship with Leo (Messi) and Ney (Neymar). You know if you have a good relationship with them off the pitch it will be that way on the pitch too. They took it as a sign that I had come to help them, not to compete with them,” he added.
Suarez said he was given his favourite centre forward position after a consultation with coach Luis Enrique and Messi, who was till then playing as the main striker.
“The coach made the decision,” Suarez said. “When we started off, I did not feel comfortable on the right and Leo didn’t feel as comfortable.
“So there was a game against Ajax in the Champions League, where we said we would try to change it to see how it worked. We felt comfortable and we decided to stay that way.
“The coach was completely in agreement because that was what he wanted to make sure that we all felt as comfortable as possible,” he added.
The 29-year-old added there is no envy between the trio and that they always try and combine together so as to win more trophies.
“I know what my strengths are and what theirs are and what the three of us do is play for the good of the team,” he added.
“We realise that Leo is the best and we play so that Barcelona win trophies. There is no envy between us three.”