Ancelotti pleased to see Luis Suarez back for El Clasico

Posted on Oct 24 2014 - 1:40pm by Staff Writer

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed that he is happy with the inclusion of Luis Suarez in Saturday’s El Clasico against Barcelona.

The Uruguayan striker will return from his competitive football ban and make his debut against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening and Ancelotti has said that he is pleased for the former Liverpool striker, saying his return is good for Spanish football.

“If Luis Suarez plays tomorrow or not, it won’t change our plans,” the Italian told reporters on Friday. “If he does play, it’s not a problem for us.

“Luis Suarez is a fantastic player, I like him a lot. It’s good news for football that he is now able to play.”

Ancelotti, believes Barcelona have been boosted by the arrival of Luis Enrique as boss this season and believes that Lionel Messi and Neymar will be the men his side need to stop.

“Barca seem to me to be a more motivated side – they have a new coach and new players,” he continued. “Defensively, they’re very solid.

“I have a lot of respect for Luis Enrique, if anyone thinks I have tried to provoke him, they are mistaken.

“Defending against such a good team, with Messi and Neymar, is very important. I don’t think we have an advantage in midfield, either.

“We’ll do the same as we always do: try to not give Barca any space. It’s not just about stopping one player.”