Luis Suarez’s 2013-14 season had its ups and downs.
The negative, of course, is Liverpool’s near-miss in their bid to win the Premier League. With three games remaining, the Reds held a five-point lead but four points from their final three games meant Manchester City pipped them to the title.
However, Suarez’s 31 league goals earned him the Premier League Golden Boot and a big-money move to Barcelona.
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The Urugyuan has gone on to become the best striker in Europe at the Camp Nou, scoring a remarkable 56 goals this season.
His first season in Spain ended in La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey glory and there’s every chance Suarez will be adding to his trophy cabinet as early as this weekend.
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Luis Enrique’s side have a one-point lead over Real Madrid win one round of games remaining. Barca are at Granada, Madrid at Deportivo La Coruna.
Suarez has seen one Madrid side end his chances of winning silverware, Atletico beating Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final, and he’ll be devastated if another steals the La Liga title from his grasp.
Suarez is all about team success
The 29-year-old leads the race for the Pichichi by four goals from Cristiano Ronaldo but admits it will mean nothing to him if Barca aren’t crowned champions.
Just like winning the Golden Boot two years ago meant nothing to him as Liverpool suffered late heartbreak.
“I’m glad I've helped the team, but if we don't finish champions I don't care about the Pichichi,” he told reporters, per AS.
“That's what happened at Liverpool, we came close to winning the Premier League, and finishing top scorer meant nothing to me because we didn't win the league.
“We have to make it happen ourselves, it's in our hands.”
Clearly, Suarez is all about the team.
Fate is in Barca's hands
His goals have helped inspire Barcelona to the verge of back-to-back titles but he admitted that the defence will be the key on Saturday.
“It’s key to keep a clean sheet, we know that we have what it takes in attack,” he added, per Sky Sports. “We are the best team in the world, and we know the pressure that comes with it, but we depend on ourselves.
“Granada will want to win for their own pride. With the goals and assists, if we win the league they have assisted that, but the collective attitude is part of that too.
“We are aware that the fate is in our hands. We have enough time to win the game. We know there will be difficult moments, as that always happens at this stage of the league.”
Barcelona blew the title race wide open in April when they lost three successive games. The title should have been wrapped up by now but Real Madrid have capitalised on the Blaugrana’s mini implosion.
Zinedine Zidane’s team have won 11 matches on the spin, including against Barcelona in last month’s El Clasico, and know that one more win could see them win the league for the first time since 2012.
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