Luis Suarez has admitted that he initially had doubts about how his style of play would be accommodated for at Barcelona, but now feels confident that his role as Barcelona’s prolific No. 9 has allowed his strike partner Lionel Messi to thrive and find more space to terrorise defences.
Speaking in an interview relayed by the club’s official YouTube channel, Suarez revealed that he “didn’t imagine” he’d fit in with a side so focussed on possession, quick exchanges and short range passing – but has since been pleasantly surprised.
The former Liverpool star is happy to take a share of the credit for Messi’s success, explaining that his movement has given the Argentinian “a bit more freedom,” an invaluable contribution that’s helped the gifted No. 10 to thrive.
Certainly opponents have appeared to find it tougher to mark the Argentina international when Suarez acts as a focal point of attack through the middle.
In his first season at the Camp Nou, Suarez tallied an impressive 25 goals in 43 appearances as the Catalan side completed an unprecedented La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble.
The Uruguayan has carried over his good form from last season, notching 56 goals in 51 outings in all competitions. While he may wish to take credit for Messi’s success, Suarez was happy to highlight how his South American teammates Messi and Neymar, have been letting him take penalties as he aims for the La Liga Golden Boot.
Suarez leads Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo by four goals heading into the season’s conclusion, now on the brink of winning the Pichichi Trophy.
“The entire team deserves the credit for my streak. Now my team-mates look for me because they know I am in the running,
“Leo and Ney give me the penalties. That shows that the team sees what I am capable of over these last few games and they want me to score.”
Suarez is certainly brimming with confident following his admittedly nervous arrival in 2014. While he won’t be able to match the treble he won in his first season, the striker is a good bet to secure a double-winning campaign and relish in the personal glory of beating Ronaldo to the Golden Boot… as well as inspiring Lionel Messi to reach new heights, of course.