As though the greatest game in club football required it, Luis Suarez’s Barcelona introduction includes an alternate entrancing sub-plot to Saturday’s El Clasico.
The Uruguay forward – who moved from Liverpool to Barca in a reported €94 million arrangement in the close-season – is situated to make his Liga bow at the Santiago Bernabeu in the 229th version of this celebrated contention with Real Madrid.
It is situated to be Suarez’s first appearance since accepting a four-month boycott for gnawing Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and the divisive figure will be frantic to reimburse the confidence demonstrated in him by the Catalan titans with an introduction goal.
However while Suarez, who scored 31 times in 33 Premier League appearances for Liverpool last term, has the opportunity to turn into a moment saint at his new club, he will need to get used to offering the spotlight to other Camp Nou stars.
Boss among them is Lionel Messi, who could yet take the headlines for himself in the event that he can net the two goals he needs to end up La Liga’s unequaled leading scorer.
The little striker arrived at 250 with his exertion in the 3-0 win over Eibar a weekend ago, with the record of Telmo Zarra now in his sights.
As stages go on which to surpass a landmark count that has gone on for six decades, this appears to be maybe the most fitting for somebody of Messi’s capacity, with the Argentina forward having scored more Clasico goals than any other individual.
Triumph would hand Barca a critical early focal point in the Spanish top flight, with Luis Enrique’s men four points clear of third-placed Real and still unbeaten in the league.
Carlo Ancelotti’s players won’t take sympathetic to being considered piece of the supporting cast, however, and any semblance of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez all have it inside them to tackle a leading part.
El Clasico is an installation absorbed history and an assemblage of stellar names have helped its rich embroidered artwork, with Messi and Ronaldo so frequently the stars previously.
In any case, as indicated Copa del Rey final in April, there is another breed prepared to take the spotlight.
Gareth Bale scored a staggering goal in the extra time on same event – the Welshman ran half time the length of the pitch before jabbing past goalkeeper Pinto to complete Real Madrid’s 2:1 win – yet he will miss this go against a gluteal injury.
That come about offered a little measure of reprisal after Barca’s league twofold in El Clasico a year ago, as they emulated a 2-1 home accomplishment with a staggering 4-3 triumph in Madrid.
Three punishments and a red card were relegated in that gathering, with two second-half spot-kicks from Messi – the final one of which was scored six minutes from time – demonstrating vital.
The new coach’s thoughts are having any kind of effect, as per defender Dani Alves, who uncovered that his team-mates have no deficiency of inspiration for the conflict.
“We are absorbing the manager’s thoughts exceptionally well. We have an acceptable thought regarding what we need. What’s more we appear to be showing signs of improvement and better.”
Both sides enter the conflict on the again of Champions League triumphs, with Barca picking up a day’s extra rest after a 3-1 home win over Ajax on Tuesday, in which both Messi and Neymar scored.
Genuine, then, were agreeable 3-0 winners over Liverpool and had the advantage of taking their foot off the gas in the second half having scored all their goals before half-time.