Barcelona have won the last couple of matches by narrow margins, and have not been very convincing in their victories. However, their star striker Luis Suarez feels that it is important for the Catalans to win the difficult matches in order to win the league.
The Catalans managed a narrow 2-1 win over Las Palmas in their latest match on Saturday. However, the win by itself may be looked at as reassuring, as Barcelona would have had one eye on the midweek Champions League clash against Arsenal.
“You need to suffer if you want to win titles. The last two away trips have presented plenty of difficulties, but we’ve got the three points again,” Barcalona’s star striker Luis Suarez was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.
Suarez also said that the dip in performance over the last couple of games might be due to fatigue, as the Catalans have been playing a lot of matches since the Spanish season restarted in January after the winter break.
“We have played a lot of games in the last month and a half. But the players want to play and enjoy continuity. Even when we struggle in matches, we still enjoy ourselves,” he said.
The Uruguayan striker has 25 goals to his name, and is topping the goalscoring charts in La Liga right now. However Suarez says that the goals would ultimately mean nothing, if Barcelona do not end up as the league champions at the end of the season.
“Scoring goals is great for me as long as we end up winning the league title. The most important thing is that the team keeps winning,” said Suarez.
Suarez would not want a repeat of the 2013/14 Premier League season
The former Liverpool player would remember clearly the agony that he and his Reds teammates had to go through when their team finished as runners up to Manchester City in the Premier League. Liverpool, who were leading for the best part of the season, finished just two points behind Manchester City after losing a crucial match against rivals Chelsea, as club captain Steven Gerrard committed a howler.
Suarez had in fact finished as the highest scorer in the league that season with 31 goals to his name. In fact, it was an all-Liverpool show that season, with Suarez’s strike partner Daniel Sturridge finishing second on the top scorers’ chart with 21 goals. However, the fact that the Reds failed to win the league in spite of such a good season by the forwards is something that would haunt the players and the fans alike for a long long time. The Uruguayan would surely like to avoid such fortunes this season with Barcelona.