Dimitar Berbatov, former Premier League legend and arguably the greatest Bulgarian player of all time, has spoken in an interview with Sport. The ex-Manchester United star believes that Barcelona has disrespected Luis Suarez, and now are paying the consequences:
“The way they treated him in Barcelona was not good for one of the most important players in recent history.
“Barcelona was disrespectful and now they are paying the price for letting Suarez go. I am sure he will have no regrets about having left, considering how he is enjoying his time at Atlético,” said Berbatov.
While Barcelona is quite struggling to find goals compared to earlier seasons, Suarez is indeed enjoying his time at his new club in Madrid, with 12 goals in 15 games on his name in La Liga this season.
Berbatov faced the 34-year-old in the Premier League during his time at Manchester United and recalled a moment from his game against the Uruguayan:
“He intimidated defenders and used aggressiveness in his own way, although sometimes he crossed the line. As a forward, I knew perfectly well who could hurt you, and Suarez was one of those players. Now he is 34, and it is amazing how he knows bringing the best out of himself. It’s tremendous.”
Luckily, Antoine Griezmann has stepped up as the Catalan club’s new goal-scoring machine, scoring 4 goals and providing 2 assists in his last 5 games, not to mention the recent top-form of Ousmane Dembélé as well.
Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury
All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.
As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.
Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.
But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.
However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.
Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.
Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.