While preparing for the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers with his National Team, Luis Suarez spoke to ESPN Argentina. The Uruguayan explained why he believes the club decided to off-load him, linking it to the great relationship he had with Lionel Messi.
“I think they wanted to get me away from Messi’s side. Maybe it bothered them because I have a good relationship with Leo.. Maybe they did not want him to be with me so often. But I can’t find any reason for them to think that it was hurting the team.”, said the 33-year-old.
Despite the fact that Culés wanted to replace the Uruguayan striker due to his poor performances in his latest seasons at the Catalan club, Suarez revealed that he was already on the same page — the club just never listened:
“In the six years I have been at Barcelona, I always said that the club needed a young forward. They never brought anyone who could compete with me. I deserved to be called and explained the reasons for my departure before I found out from the press that they didn’t want me.
“There are many issues in Barcelona. I provided solutions if the issue was economic, and if it was sports, I could understand it. The reasoning of the board was not clear to me.”, Suarez explained.
Suarez shared the dressing room with Messi for 6 years, and told that he is obviously missing the good old days:
“Obviously, I miss Leo, but thanks to technology, we are constantly talking. We are aware of our friendship. We share many things; from arriving at training in the morning to the dunks. Our children were friends, and we have great family bonds.”, he added.
Barcelona fans were aware of the fact that Suarez was simply not good enough to start for the Catalan club — linking it to the player’s age — but to sell a 33-year-old without proper explanation nor farewell, especially when the player is the club’s third top goal scorer in history, is absurd.
Source: ESPN Argentina
Barça midfielder Aleña speaks following his first start in nearly a year
Carles Aleña started his first game for Barça in nearly a year. His last start for his boyhood club came in December 2019 against Inter Milan, and Ronald Koeman selected him against Dynamo Kyiv after injuries decimated his squad. After his impressive display, Aleña spoke to the media.
“I’m very happy to return to the field. We played a great game and we took advantage of our chances.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
Aleña ended his ordeal with a near-Man of the Match performance away to the Ukrainians. The Spanish youngster was his team’s metronome and misplaced one solitary pass. His pass map is a joy to behold and the midfielder deserves a lot of recognition for that display.
📸 — Aleñá’s pass map against Kyiv tonight.— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 24, 2020
Not a back-passer at all. pic.twitter.com/Ah5QrsgW3N
At the beginning of the year, Ronald Koeman did not fancy Aleña at all. He and Riqui Puig were ostracised, but the two of them showed a lot of resilience against Kyiv. Hopefully, their coach opens his eyes.
“Playing with the first team requires a lot of hard work.”Carles Aleña | Post-match press conference
We will have to wait and see whether Koeman is on the same page with the fans regarding Aleña’s performance. One thing is clear: the 22-year-old can play a crucial role in the team if used correctly.