Booing Manchester City fans helped me play better, says Luis Suarez
Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has revealed that the booing Manchester City fans at the Etihad Stadium inspired him to play better.
The men from Camp Nou struck two goals in the 2-1 Champions League victory at Manchester. The Uruguayan said the response he received from fans on his return to England for the first time after his summer move to Barcelona from Liverpool, only added to the intensity of the match and made him want to score even more.
“There are certain types of players like me who get more inspired, more motivated when fans boo them, it helps motivate you a bit more,” he said.
“We cannot relax against a team like Manchester City”
Suarez felt that his team were off to a good start in the knockout stages of the Champions League, but insisted that the last-16 tie was not yet over and anything could happen. The Barcelona striker said City had given them too much space, which they took advantage of.
“We produced a really good game, the team in general, and managed to take advantage of the space City left open. We were clever in our reading of the game and we created a lot of openings and could have scored another goal. Obviously it is pleasing, first of all to be able to help the team, they were important goals in a Champions league knockout game.”
“We know it if was 3-1 [and Messi had converted a penalty] we might have been able to relax a little bit, not 100 %. But against City you never know what might happen, they have a lot of good players who can win a game for them.”