English media fabricate stories about me because they miss me: Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez was accused of trying to bite Martin Demichelis in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez insisted that the English media deliberately makes up false stories about him since they miss him after he left the Premier League for La Liga. The ex-Liverpool striker was a controversial figure during his three-and-a-half years in England. Suarez has been previously criticised heavily by the English press after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a game in 2011 and biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in 2013.
Recently, some factions of the English media accused Suarez of trying to bite Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis during Barcelona's 2-1 Champions League last-16 first-leg win at the Etihad. However, further examination of the footage cleared the Uruguayan of any wrong doing.
The two teams are scheduled to play out the second leg of the tie at Camp Nou on Wednesday and the 28-year-old has hit out against the English media houses accusing them of deliberate persecution.
Suarez said, “I do not know if there is a campaign in the English press against me, but you can see that they miss me. They criticised me so much that now they are looking for something else, which they cannot find, to fill the gap.
“They published images [of the incident with Demichelis] in the morning, and when they saw it was false, the images disappeared from the pages.
“I said enough is enough and for them to leave me alone, and that I left because I was tired of them. But even still, they keep searching me out.”
Suarez finally settled at Barcelona
Suarez, who endured a shaky start to his career in Spain after moving to Barcelona this summer, seems to have found his feet in recent games. The Uruguayan has scored six goals in his last four games including both goals against Manchester City in the Champions League. The striker even suggested that he was happy at his new club.
Suarez said, “I am very happy at Barca. I fulfilled my dream of playing for the best club in the world, and now I am enjoying it.
“I am bringing things to the team. That makes me more relaxed and makes me feel important.
“A moment came when I was creating chances and missing them, but that did not worry me. I am very critical with myself, above all when I saw that I was not helping the team as much with good work, as with assists and goals.
“But when I was not scoring [but] helping the team I felt important, so that left me very relaxed.”