Barcelona: Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has revealed ahead of tomorrow’s Clasico that the Real Madrid defence is the toughest he has faced in his career.
The striker made his debut for the Catalans against Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu last October and, despite providing the assist for Neymar’s early opener, was slightly off the pace after four months out through suspension.
Barcelona’s Luis Suarez. Pic/Getty Images
Barca lost that game 1-3 but got revenge in the return fixture, with Suarez netting the winner in a crucial 2-1 victory at Camp Nou, which also saw Jeremy Mathieu find the back of the net.
However, with the two rivals set to face one another again in La Liga, Suarez has admitted space and chances are hard to come by against Madrid.
The ex-Liverpool ace told AS: “It’s the toughest (defence) I’ve faced. It is very strong, very experienced and very competitive. So I give a lot of value to the goal that I scored against Madrid. I tried to use the space between (Sergio) Ramos and Pepe and be as fast as possible so as not to give them time. Luckily, it went well.”
The Messi question
The striker is also hopeful that star forward Lionel Messi will be fit to play tomorrow.
“The coach will make the decision whether Messi plays or not,” Suarez said to the Spanish media. “He has been training with the squad and he has a good feeling but we have to wait and see. We know that Messi can change a game at any time.”