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“After the bite, Suarez’s move to Barca wasn’t easy”

Andoni Zubizarrera, former goalkeeper and former Barca sporting director, spoke about Luis Suarez‘s move to Barcelona. On ‘Que T’hi Jugues!’ on ‘Cadena SER’, the man who signed Suarez said that people accused the Uruguayan of not playing the Barcelona way.

Brace against Celta Vigo once again proved right those who believe he left Barcelona too early. Despite Atletico’s draw, the Uruguayan is still one of the best players in the league and so Andoni Zubizzarreta was asked about him. 

Instead of focussing on the Uruguayan’s great season so far at Atletico Madrid, Zubi recalled the player’s move to Barca and hinted at the fact several people at the club did not want him. 

His arrival, after that bite, wasn’t easy. People were telling me that he didn’t play the Barca way or that he didn’t have movement,” Zubizarreta explained. He resigned halfway through the season Barca won their second treble. 

“In the end, with his work and quality, he integrated into the team’s way of playing and with Leo and Ney,” Zubizarreta continued. He also bought much criticised players like Douglas: “There was also a process behind signing these players.”

With regards to Leo Messi, who could leave the team, Zubizarreta thinks the Argentine should have full power with regards to his future. “It’s a matter for him, he has the right to choose and it doesn’t have to be easy. Dealing with Leo isn’t difficult, completely the opposite.”

To conclude, the former Barca keeper spoke about something he knows very well: being Barca goalkeeper. He also mentioned the battle between Marc-AndrĂ© Ter Stegen, Thibaut Courtois and Jan Oblak over who is the best keeper in La Liga. He said the first two. 

“I always said that Courtois would be one of the best keepers in the world,. but Barca needs a different type of keeper. Marc arrived at Barcelona thanks to the work of a special goalkeeping department,” he concluded while also praising the German’s skill with his feet.


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