Luis Suárez spoke after the 1-0 Espanyol victory in La Liga round 35.
“We knew that match would be difficult with the position Espanyol were in. The important thing is to win the 3 points and continue the competition. Espanyol defended very well in their half. They played with five defenders, making it difficult for us to find spaces.”, said the Uruguayan.
When being asked about his team-mate Antoine Griezmann, Suarez explained that the Frenchman will always have the team’s support:
“We will always support and be there for Antoine Griezmann. It’s his first year at Barcelona, and that’s hard.”
Even though Griezmann has struggled during his Barcelona career so far, lately he has picked up and managed to show his quality. Statistically, Griezmann is doing no worse than former winger Neymar’s debut season at Barça, with currently 15 goals and 4 assists on his name in 45 games.
Suarez also got asked how he feels about becoming the club’s 3rd top-scorer of all times.
“I’m very happy and proud of becoming the club’s 3rd top scorer. I am lucky to have worn this Barça shirt.”, said the Uruguayan.
“The most important thing is that we got the three points. We will continue to fight in the competition. Our goal is to win all our upcoming games. We also have to wait for the league leader to drop points.”, added Suárez.
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.