Evra: I will shake Suarez’s hand, but he will “feel my presence” in UCL final

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There’s a long-standing beef between Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and Juventus defender Patrice Evra. Perhaps you’ve heard!

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In truth, it’s not so much a “beef” as it’s a tale of “this one time, the former made racist comments toward the latter during a game, which became a huge scandal for weeks and weeks and resulted in an eight-game suspension.” The next time their teams met, Suarez snubbed Evra in the pre-game handshake line, which only brought the whole ordeal back to life.

On June 6, they meet again, this time with the 2014-15 Champions League trophy on the line. Evra’s Juve will be tasked with trying to deny the irresistible attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar and, yes, Suarez.

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For his part, Evra seems to be focused on the task at hand, more so than rekindling his three-and-a-half-year feud with Suarez. The 33-year-old Frenchman even says he’ll shake the hand of Suarez, 28.

Evra, on his June 6 meeting with Suarez and Barca, via the Daily Mail:

“I am proud to be what I am, I am proud about my colour and I will shake his hand but I will make sure he feels my presence on the pitch.”

“Barcelona are still Barcelona. I think against Manchester United in 2009 and 2011 they were more a team, a very strong team. Now they have three players in the front — Messi, Neymar and Suarez — that can make the difference.”

For his sake, I surely hope Evra is more focused on being the best left back he can possibly be, and not seeking out Suarez and trying to get any sort of retribution. Because with the three-headed attacking monster inter-changing so fluidly as they do, he’ll be plenty occupied from the first to the final whistles.