Barcelona has now been without Lionel Messi for over three weeks, and that will be the case for another month. Without the best player in the world, the team needs to find ways to still be successful. And according to one of Barça's biggest stars, the team needs to be a true team.
Luis Suárez spoke to Catalan media ahead of the Champions League match against BATE Borisov on Tuesday, and he touched on Messi's absence, saying the Blaugrana need to work together in order to minimize the damage of not having his 'MSN' partner on the pitch. El Pistolero also talked about his personal success with the Catalan giants, as well as the relationship he has with Messi and the other 'MSN' member, Neymar Jr.
Here's a few highlights:
"Messi's irreplaceable [in terms of a single player replacing him]. Without him, we must take responsibility together. Everyone knows what their role within the team is and I know mine; helping my teammates in addition to scoring goals. Messi's the best player in the world and no-one can replace him.
"[Messi, Neymar and I] are always laughing. Neymar already knew his role when he arrived. He respects Leo, like we all do.
"Winning all those trophies was something I dreamed about. It was worth the wait. We met our objectives, but you always want to exceed them.
"[On his Barca debut against Real Madrid last October], I was fixated on getting my game right because I knew that lots of people would be watching me very closely.
"Scoring goals make me happy. You have to be selfish but also a good teammate [to be a good striker].
"Nobody has won two consecutive Champions Leagues, so winning two in a row would be amazing, but there's also the Club World Cup."
Source: TV3 via Football-España