Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has confirmed that Luis Suarez will make his Barca debut during Saturday’s El Clasico clash at the Bernabeu with deadly Spanish La Liga rivals Real Madrid after returning from his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup during this summer.
“You will have assurance he will play minutes,” Enrique said.
“How many? I do not know.”
“It’s an important occasion for him and he will have minutes.”
Real manager Carlo Ancelotti, who recently expressed his desire manage the Spanish capital outfit until he retires, insisted the presence of Suarez would not change his approach, but he feels the Uruguayan will be a welcome addition to the La Liga.
“I’m not here to judge the behaviour of Luis Suarez,” he said.
“I respect him a lot as a player, he’s a fantastic player, he has scored a lot of goals but that doesn’t change our tactics of the game with Suarez or without Suarez.”
“I think that for football it is good news that Suarez can play in the Spanish league.”
While Uruguay international Suarez is in line to play his first El Clasico, teammate Andres Iniesta is a veteran of such affairs and will make his 30th appearance in the fixture at the Bernabeu, and the Spain international is is excited about Suarez’s availability.
“He’s happy to be available and the rest of us are happy about it too,” said the midfielder.
“We hope he performs as well as he has always done.”
Away from Suarez, Barca superstar Lionel Messi is on the brink of making it to becoming Spain’s elite league’s all-time top goalscorer as he currently sits just one goal behind Telmo Zarra’s record of 251, and with the Bernabeu the perfect place to break the record, Iniesta would be delighted to see him do it, if only because a Messi brace would mean things were going well in the game.
“I just want to see him get past the record, that’d be a good sign for us and mean we are in with a chance of winning,” he added.