‘The pitch has no room for friendship’ it seems, as Luis Suarez has no plans of holding back against former club, not even to the point of not fully celebrating his goals.
The Uruguan, has vowed to put aside past allegiances, when they[Barcelona] go head to head with former employer’s Liverpool in the Champions League semi finals.
Both clubs have earned their places in the last four spots, as the Champions League seeks its winner for the season. Liverpool are chasing a second UCL final in a row, and a chance to lift a silver ware in years, while the Catalans are on the verge of another treble.
With Luis Suarez, there will be no room for complacency, and the striker will do whatever it takes, to ensure he comes out on top against his former side.
“In the build-up to the game it’s nice to talk about how massively grateful I am to Liverpool for all they gave me,” Suarez told Daily Mail in an interview.
“But, you know me, once I’m on the pitch there will be no friendships, no companions, no thought for all the lovely moments.
‘I’ll defend the colours of Barcelona with all the pride in the world.”
Reflecting on his heartbreak with Liverpool, Luis Suarez said: “I think that with us it was different because there was a sense of now or never.”
“For the current squad, this is the second season they have been in contention and last year they played in the Champions League final. They have more experience. They know how to approach the games.
“We weren’t always able to handle those moments. What happened with Stevie [Gerrard] was bad luck, and that gets remembered, but also against Crystal Palace[the 3-3 draw when they had led 3-0 with 11 minutes left].
“Now, you’d say: let’s play calmly, we’re 3-0 up here and Manchester City have to play a game in midweek and then at the weekend. They had to win both games.
“But we had that anxiety, that urge to score goals, and we went forward even though we were winning 3-0, thinking we could be champions on goal difference. We made the mistake of being, let’s say, “too young”.
“Now they have the experience of last year. That makes you stronger and it will give them that right amount of caution and understanding.”