Patrice Evra has insisted he'll shake the hand of Luis Suarez when his Juventus side meet Barcelona in this year's Champions League final, but the former Manchester United defender warned his old nemesis that he'll make sure the Uruguayan forward feels his presence on the pitch in Berlin on June 6.
The 33-year-old full-back is set for a reunion with the man that was found guilty of racially abusing him during a Premier League match in October 2011, and although there is still no love lost between the Frenchman and the ex-Liverpool striker it seems they'll put their differences aside for the massive European encounter.
Asked about the forthcoming showdown at the Olympic Stadium in Germany next month, Evra appeared happy to discuss the scenario that will be at the forefront of many football fans' minds following Juve's surprise 3-2 aggregate victory over holders Real Madrid.
Massimo Allegri's side recorded a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night after Alvaro Morata's second-half strike cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener, and thanks to their 2-1 win in Turin last week have advanced to the 2015 final.
"A lot of people ask me this question [about facing Suarez], it doesn't matter," Evra was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror. "The most important thing is I play the final, you know.
"I am proud to be what I am, I am proud about my colour and I will shake his hand, it is no problem, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch."
The Serie 'A' champions will go into the game against Luis Enrique's side as huge underdogs, thanks largely to the presence of Suarez in Barca's prolific three-pronged attack that also consists of Neymar and Leo Messi.
However, the former Red Devils captain remains open-minded about his new team's chances of clinching an unlikely victory - just like they have in the semi-finals against all the odds versus Carlo Ancelotti's Galacticos.
"They are human beings," he added. "People forget on Juventus's team a lot of players have already won the Champions League. They play as well in [other] finals, like myself, my fifth final.
"You never know. I believe in everything, because if I don't believe we can win against Barcelona, I will ask the manager not to play me."
Comparing the current Barcelona side to the one that he last faced in a 3-1 Champions League final defeat at Wembley in 2011 Evra said that he felt the old guard were superior as a collective unit, but didn't take anything away from the team he'll face in just a few weeks time.
"I think against Manchester [United] they were more as a team, a very strong team. Now they have like three players in the front, Messi, Neymar and Suarez, that can make the difference.
"You can be strong like in the last five, ten minutes [against Madrid] but these three players can score any time. You have to be ready.
"It's going to be a tough game, David vs Goliath, but you never know. In football anything can happen."
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