Appearing in the Clásico is 'every player's dream' says Luis Suárez

Luis Suárez speaking to the press on Wednesday / MIGUEL RUIZ-FCB
The Uruguayan striker describes his excitement and optimism three days before FC Barcelona face Real Madrid at the Bernabéu

Luis Suárez made his Barça debut in the Clásico last season, and now he’s looking forward to a second chance to wear the colours at the Santiago Bernabéu: “It’s very special to play there” he told his Wednesday press conference. “It’s such an important occasion. When you appear in a Clásico it feels that you’re living a dream that every footballer aspires to.”

Here is a selection of quotes from the Uruguayan striker, who was speaking after training at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper:

Looking forward to the Clásico

“I’m going into the game on form and happy that the team is playing so well. We want to win this match and end it as well as possible.”

“We know how well we are going to have to play if we want to win this one. We have to respect the manager’s team selection and do everything we can for this shirt. That’s what’s going through our minds.”

“You never know what might happen. You could be on your best form but then nothing goes quite to plan. Everyone knows that it’s not easy to beat Madrid at the Bernabéu.”

“I remember watching the Clásico on TV and seeing Ronaldinho score. They’re great games where you see lots of good football. When you are out on the pitch you feel like you’re living every footballer’s dream.”

“I don’t think we’ll have won the league if we go six points ahead of them, it’s still too early to say who is going to win it. The league is going to be a long one and Atlético will be up there too, so this game won’t decide anything.”

The trident

“Messi and Neymar Jr are understanding each better every day. Off the field neither of them wants to think that they’re better than the other, it’s not a competition. They know that the best player in the world is Messi and that’s the way we’ll always understand things.”

“Messi can change the game and he’s done incredible things in previous Clásicos. But it depends on the doctors and what they think is best for him. He has looked good while training with us over the last few days but it’s an injury that could take a sudden turn for the worse.”

“Messi makes all the difference, but we’ll have to wait and see whether he starts or perhaps comes on later. At the Calderón he showed that he can come on for just twenty minutes and get you the three points.”

“Of course Leo is the best because of what he’s done and what he continues to do. Neymar is on spectacular form and you could easily say that he’s the second best player in the world. As a team-mate, I’m proud to see him playing so well and doing what he’s doing.”

“I was surprised to be named among the best three players in Europe. But although it was nice, it’s not something that’s gone to my head.”

Missing Uruguay

I’ve watched the last few Uruguay matches with anxiety. At last I’m free. My team-mates have done a brilliant job and I’d like to congratulate them publicly. It’s been very tough for Uruguayans after all that has been said.”

Paris attacks

“These have been very hard days for us all. They are difficult times and all you want to do is show your support for the families. For the good of the world, I wish all this would stop.”