Luis Suarez: Messi deserves more Champions League titles than he has

Posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 by

Luis Suarez: Messi deserves more Champions League titles than he has

Barcelona are determined to win another Champions League this season after seeing rivals Real Madrid claim three in a row and Luis Suarez would be thrilled for his strike partner Lionel Messi should the Blaugrana achieve this.

The Uruguayan believes that Messi should already have more than four Champions League medals.

"The Champions League is the competition which defines you, as the best players and teams of Europe are in it," the striker said in an in-depth interview with RAC1.

"There's an extra motivation to never relax.

"Our desire, motivation and expectations are for this to be a great year.

"It's obviously an irritation when your rival has won the past three Champions Leagues, as it's historic."It gives you even more desire to turn the situation around.

"[Messi], as a player, deserves many more Champions League titles than he has.

"He is full of desire after the World Cup and after what happened to us in the Champions League last year.

"He has always taken on a leadership role and is keen to lift some trophies."

Discussing Real Madrid and the big news of the summer, the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, Suarez pointed to the fact that Los Blancos have other talented players.

"Real Madrid is Real Madrid and I think they have a lot of players at a great level," he said.

"You have fresh ambition under a new coach and we need to be careful even though Ronaldo isn't there.

"Just as at Barcelona, the club is bigger than any one player.

"You've seen in the first few matches of the league season that some players who were a little inhibited before are now at a good level. "

He went on to talk about the players who have signed for Barcelona this summer.

"We cannot complain about the player who have arrived," he stated.

"They are Barcelona-type players and are humble, hard-working and calm.

"They have quality.

"Apart from Arthur they all come from Europe, and Arthur and [Clement] Lenglet are the ones who have been the most surprising.

"They have a lot of quality and good vision.

"Messi told me that Arthur does a lot of things like Xavi."

Also linked with the club in the window were Frenchman Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, and Suarez was asked about them as well.

"They are players at the elite level of football, who have won everything and we always want to have the best players," the striker said.

"At Manchester United [Pogba] is one of the key players and wants to compete more.

"[With Griezmann] it was a bit of a surprise given what had been said.

"It's a respectable decision.

"He is a player who has earned the respect of people in football and what he and Barcelona spoke about is another thing.

"I'd have been thrilled for him to come, as he'd have benefitted the team.

"He thought it was a good idea to announce it through the documentary and you have to look at it with a sense of humour."

Finally, he spoke about his own situation and his future.

"My family are happy and we're expecting a third child," Suarez explained.

"I'm at a club where I always wanted to be and where they've trusted in me after what happened in the 2014 World Cup.

"I owe the club everything for the way they've treated me and I'll try to give my all.

"It's complicated [to retire at Barcelona] and other great players like Xavi and Andres Iniesta weren't able to do it.

"When I no longer have the level to play at Barcelona I'll step to the side.

"Retiring here would be the wish of most players."

Suarez had his say on rotations too as part of the interview.

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