Barcelona's Luis Suarez defends his aggressive style of play ahead of King’s Cup semi-final against Valencia

Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has defended his aggressive style of play and said he tries to get opponents sent off if they are on a yellow card.

“I‘m a difficult opponent but any fan would like to have a player like me,” Suarez said in an interview with Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia.

Since returning from a two-week break in November, Suarez has scored 16 goals in his last 17 games to help Barca go nine points clear at the top of La Liga.  File image of Suarez.

Since returning from a two-week break in November, Suarez has scored 16 goals in his last 17 games to help Barca go nine points clear at the top of La Liga. File image of Suarez.

“And if you ask any opponent who has had to fight against me constantly if they would like someone like me as a teammate they would close their eyes and say ‘yes’.”

The Uruguayan’s bullish behaviour has come under the spotlight ahead of Barca’s King’s Cup semi-final second leg with Valencia on Thursday.

Opposing coach Marcelino warned his players not to be provoked by Suarez, but the former Liverpool striker, who calls on-pitch rivalries “the essence of the game”, is unrepentant.

“Here you have to take advantage of the small details. I can argue with a defender and I’ll have a better chance of getting him sent off if I know he has been booked, and I know he will do the same to me,” he said.

“It’s not that I'm old school, I'm just of the theory that if an opponent insults me, tells me I'm bad, says anything he likes or insults my sister, I will never go and cry to the media about it. I put up with everything, it doesn’t bother me or hurt me, it’s part of the game.”

Suarez had a turbulent start to the season as he battled back to fitness ahead of schedule from a knee injury.

He has experienced a dramatic transformation, however, since taking a two-week break in November, scoring 16 goals in his last 17 games to help Barca go nine points clear at the top of La Liga.

“I was very worried, and not just about the goals because I’ve been through spells like that before. I knew my knee was bad and I was worried, it would affect me psychologically too,” Suarez said.

“My attitude was not the same as before and nor was my intensity. But since November I’ve felt spectacular,” Suarez added.


Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 20:49 PM

Also Watch

It's A Wrap: Omerta star Rajkummar Rao in conversation with Parul Sharma
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 In the Kanjarbhat community, a campaign against 'virginity tests' is slowly gaining ground
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 Watch: National-level skater and coach Dhwanit Rele trains and nurtures budding athletes
  • Monday, May 14, 2018 FOMO Episode 1: Google Assistant, This is America, Sonam's wedding & Global Warming
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 Social Media Star: Rajkummar Rao and Bhuvan Bam open up about selfie culture, online trolls

Also See