The lightening of Luis Suarez’s ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini has allowed Luis’ lightning to strike on the pitch, albeit in a friendly against Barcelona B.
One of the newest at Camp Nou buried a pair of goals for Barcelona in a 60-minute friendly that saw the senior squad thump its B team 5-1.
Douglas and Marc-Andre ter Stegen also saw valuable minutes as Luis Enrique seeks out fitness for his players.
Suarez played well on top of his goals, working hard and unselfishly, making it clear that were it not for his ban, he would be in Luis Enrique’s side.
Tata Martino last season tried on occasion to arrange similar friendlies, but was told that it may affect Barca B’s schedule.
Enrique, on the other hand, didn’t take no for an answer and it is likely he will arrange at least two more games against Barca B before Suarez’s ban expires.
The aim is to have Suarez fit enough to play against Real Madrid, if needs be, which is the first match he is eligible for after his ban.
I’m sure the resigned — in more ways that one — Martino is super pleased to hear that what he thought would make Barca thrive is now acceptable practice.
Suarez played against Leon last month in the Joan Gamper Trophy competition, and it was revealed last week that Barca paid $106 million to acquire him from Liverpool (not the $128 million originally reported). Don’t know about you, but that makes a huge difference to me. I mean, I can barely subsist on the $22 million — minus almost $22 million — I brought in last year.