Luis Suarez has warned Manchester City that Barcelona are back to their attacking best ahead of their last-16 Champions League clash on Tuesday, reports the Independent.
The former Liverpool star returns to play his first game in England since switching to the Camp Nou for £75million from Liverpool in the summer, and has said that his side know exactly what they can do against City.
He warned: “In this game we have to be Barcelona, and it doesn’t matter who we play against, we know what we can do.”
Obviously this statement comes off the back of his sides home defeat at the weekend at the hands of Malaga, which would have been a shock to Barcelona. But they won’t let that affect them even though City won in emphatic fashion at the weekend, beating Newcastle United 5-0.
However, that 5-0 win comes after the end of a period in which City were not at their best and were not in good form. But Suarez, more than most in the Barcelona squad, knows all too well how good City can be after taking them to wire last year with Liverpool in the race for the title.
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Suarez said: “People may doubt them because some of their results have not been good lately, but they are Manchester City. They are Premier League champions and they have top quality players all over the pitch.
“Even if City have not been in the best form in recent weeks, they are a big team and I know that. And when you play against a big team you never know what to expect, because they can produce their form in any game.”
With four different scorer’s finding the net for City on Saturday in Newcastle, the depth of talent in their squad was clear to see. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and a returning Yaya Toure all performed excellently and look strong going into the game with Barcelona, but still, Suarez doesn’t fear City.
The Uruguayan said: “They have really good quality with the ball, I have seen how they can hurt opponents. But we are Barcelona, and we know what we can do against City. We are aware of our qualities, and so is everyone else.”
As good as the likes of Silva, Aguero and Toure are, Barca are not lacking in talent themselves. A front three of Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar is enough to strike fear in the heart of any defence, and the ex-Liverpool striker is confident that the Catalan’s attack will be more than enough to overcome the English champions.
Suarez said: “City have a danger, they have Aguero who is in the top 10 in the world, but we have Messi who is the number one and I think I am happy with that. We have the best positional attacking team in the world without any doubt.
“We know City will fear that and play in a certain way, but we are used to playing against teams who put ten men behind the ball. We know how to break through no matter what sides do against us.”
A confident Suarez will be looking to get some revenge on City for last season’s devastation when they snatched the title from Liverpool’s clutches as he returns to England, a place where he couldn’t stop scoring.
Return to Anfield
Liverpool fans that have been missing the South American star will be pleased to hear that he has been announced as one of many former Liverpool stars including, Fernando Torres, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Javier Mascherano, that are going to take part in Steven Gerrard’s testimonial at Anfield on March 29.
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