MATHIAS PORTSTANTO/Getty ImagesIn an interview with Football Italian, former Barcelona midfielder Luis Suarez discusses his favourite tactics and what he thinks about the way that his former club has been criticised in recent years.
The former Manchester United man is adamant that he has not played a role in changing Barca’s reputation as a team to be feared in the world of football, and the way in which he left the club after three years has left him in no doubt as to how much the club had to work with.
“I never played a part in Barca, I was never even a member of the squad, I played for the national team,” Suarez told Football Italy.
“In all the time I played I only ever played with the national squad and for the Spanish national team.”
“In my opinion, the Spanish football is a team sport, and I think that the way the national teams have been criticised is a direct result of the fact that they have not won trophies, and not because of a lot of talent.”
In his time at the Nou Camp, Suarez played in every competition of the club’s two European campaigns, scoring 26 goals in all competitions, and also won two La Liga titles, including the 2013/14 Champions League.
While he left Barcelona in 2013, it is a different story now.
The Uruguayan has become one of the most popular players in Europe, and he remains one of Barca ‘s most sought after targets.
The 25-year-old, who was the second highest scorer in La Liga in 2016/17, has scored 27 goals in 29 games this season, and has even managed to score four times in a game this season for Real Madrid in their Champions League quarter-final tie with Real Sociedad.
“When I left Barcelona I didn’t want to go back to the dressing room, I wanted to be with the team and I wanted the team to win games,” Suarez said.
“So I wanted them to win trophies, but I also wanted them not to lose.
If the team loses, it’s not my fault.
I played in the national side because I wanted that to happen.
If I was to play for another club, I think I would have played in Spain for five or six years, but now I am playing for Real Socie.”