Brendan Rodgers says that Luis Suarez has transformed into the best striker in the world ahead of the meeting between Celtic and Barcelona in the Champions League group stages.
Celtic will be the overwhelming underdogs going into the game and fans will be hoping that they avoid it thrashing at the hands of the Spanish giants. Rodgers managed Suarez for a couple of years before selling him to Barcelona for £ 75 million. Suarez had come to English football with a lot of prodigious talent and reputation, but it is widely credited to Rodgers using the style of football that got the best out of the Uruguayan time and time again.
Rodgers will be reunited with his former player when he steps into the dugout of the Camp Nou, which is one of the formidable grounds in Europe. The Celtic boss is expecting nothing less than a tough encounter when his team are up against the reigning Spanish champions. After the failure to win the Champions League last season, Barcelona will especially be motivated a lot. Furthermore, success in the opening game is extremely important to carry on the form in the rest of the group matches, which will be far more tough since they are against the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City.
Chelsea winger Pedro has backed Eden Hazard to recover from one of his worst seasons in his career and he expects the Belgian to go on and achieve the levels of Lionel Messi.
Regarded as the best player in the world, Messi has been lauded with five best player in the world titles. He has also been the recipient of numerous individual awards as well. Hazard has been spoken of in the same breath as some of the best players in the world and this certainly includes Messi. However, he has been a winner of a major individual accolade only once in his career.
Furthermore, he comes on the back of a very poor campaign in which sufferings were not limited to the player alone and extended to the club as well. Chelsea finished their campaign 10th in the table and it is the worst ever finish since 1996. Hazard showed signs of recovery during the Euro 2016 when he was instrumental behind Belgium almost reaching the semifinals of the tournament. Pedro, who has seen the talent within the 25-year-old from close quarters, says that Hazard is now refreshed to take on the season and he could not have been in a much better position. Pedro expects Hazard to use his talents and potentially reach the levels of Messi.
FC Barcelona striker Luiz Suarez is set to get a better deal from the club, based on his outstanding performance in the last campaign.
The former Liverpool player broke the stranglehold of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when he scored 40 goals to become the La Liga top scorer, the only different person in recent years.
The team received a boost when Brazilian star Neymar agreed to a new deal with the club. The new deal would keep with the Catalan giant till 2021. The five year deal came with a higher release clause to ensure other club stay clear of the talented player. However, Neymar makes a third of attacking players that have been responsible for the club’s recent success. The other being Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, famously dubbed ‘MSN.’ This is aside the other prolific players that make up the team.
Lionel Messi, who has been very recently linked with a move to Chelsea following his trouble with the Spanish authorities over tax fraud, is set to get a new deal to tie him to the club. The player already enjoin a bumper package from Nou Camp, hence the club is forced to offer a higher deal to the Uruguayan. Read more…
Even though Barcelona is already a star-studded team with players such as: Lionel Messi, Neymar, Luis Suarez, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique just to name a few more well-known and top players in the Spanish club they are still aiming to sign a few more players during the summer transfer window.
One of the players that has been consistently linked with a move to Barcelona is Everton’s defender Funes Mori. Ramiro Funes is a 25 year old defender who can operate either in the heart of the defence as a centre-back or as a left-back and it was rumored that he has been monitored by Barcelona for the past 2 transfer windows.
The former Barcelona player, Pedro is also one of the rumored performers that has been linked with the Spanish club. Pedro joined Chelsea on Agusut of 2015 but he has struggled trying to make an impact with the Premier League club and it has recently been confirmed that Pedro has already held talks with Barcelona’s chief Josep Maria Bartomeu as the Spanish attacker appears to be working on making a return to Camp Nou.
‘’I have already spoken about it with the president when Barcelona were in the Cup final (against Sevilla last month) and spoke to all the people who want me there’’ Pedro said during a interview.
Luis Suarez has now managed to score eight goals in his last two appearances for Barcelona.
This has seen him set a new personal best record of 53 goals in just 49 games for the Catalan club. Suarez is regarded as one of the best finishers in the game. However, the striker went through a period of drought – along with Lionel Messi and Neymar – for almost a month. During this period, Barcelona found themselves struggling to get any form going and were subsequently out of the Champions League following a defeat against Atletico Madrid in the quarter finals.
Such has been the importance of these three players in the context of getting good results. Suarez has now returned to form and it has coincided with Barcelona winning the last two league games very comfortably. They remain level on points with Atletico with three games left in the campaign. Suarez has been a goal scorer throughout his career, but this is his first campaign in which he has scored more than 50 goals in all competitions. His previous best of 49 was achieved with Dutch outfit Ajax in the 2009-10 season just before joining Liverpool. Suarez is only in his second year at the Camp Nou. Last season, he managed a return of 25 goals although he missed a major chunk of the season due to suspension. Read more…