Sunday 17 February 2019

Madrid will try spoil our party - Suarez

WARNING: Luis Suarez. Pic: Reuters
WARNING: Luis Suarez. Pic: Reuters

Luis Suarez has warned La Liga champions Barcelona to brace themselves for a stern test from a Real Madrid side wishing to hand them their first league loss in El Clasico.

Barça clinched the league title last weekend, eight days after winning the Copa Del Rey final, and have now set their sights on becoming the first Spanish club to complete a 38-game campaign without defeat.

Their biggest hurdle across their final four fixtures will be tomorrow's clash with a Real Madrid team that have been filled with confidence after reaching their third successive Champions League final this week.

And Suarez knows Zinedine Zidane's experienced outfit would dearly love to be the club that ends Barca's unbeaten streak and prevents them from completing the season without a La Liga loss.

"Besides what Real Madrid represent and the quality of the players they have, the majority of players have a lot of experience in El Clasico," Suarez told Sky Sports.

"They know what playing in these types of games means, and they will be very tough opposition."

Unlike in 2008, when Real won the title prior to hosting Barcelona, Zidane has previously said the visitors to the Nou Camp will not give Ernesto Valverde's hosts a guard of honour prior to kick-off.

It will still be the first opportunity for the Barcelona fans to celebrate their title triumph, one that Suarez believes is a fair reflection of their dominance across the term.

"We are the only team that haven't lost yet; we've drawn some games, but not lost," the former Liverpool striker added.

"That's down to us and to the coach's hard work.

"The competition that rewards consistency is La Liga. You have to play well every weekend in order to be the champions.

"I think that we are worthy winners because of how we've handled the entire year and the numbers show that we haven't lost a game yet."

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