Barcelona striker Luis Suarez admits it’s been difficult to watch Real Madrid dominate the Champions League over the past few years and insists captain Lionel Messi is determined to win the competition again.
Los Blancos have clinched the last three Champions League titles, and four since 2014, while Barcelona’s most recent triumph was in 2015.
The Uruguayan revealed that his teammate Messi is more motivated than ever to help the Catalan giants get back to the pinnacle of Europe, as he aims to add a fifth Champions League winners’ medal to his mantlepiece.
“He’s really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League,” Suarez told RAC1.
“Now he’s the captain, the leader and he wants to lift trophies. We have a quality team and a coach to be able to win everything.
“But it’s a really difficult competition to win and [Messi] can’t win it on his own. It has to be a collective effort, as good as he is. We have to be compact. Leo deserves more.
“Obviously it’s infuriating [for us] because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.
The 25-year-old’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be fractious, with the Frenchman open to a move away from a Red Devils side struggling for form early in the season.
The La Liga champions added Gremio midfielder Arthur, Bordeaux winger Malcom, Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet and Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal during the summer, but Suarez feels Pogba would be a good fit should he make the switch to Spain in the future.
“Pogba is an elite player who has won everything and we always want to have the best,” Suarez told RAC1 on Tuesday.
“He is a player that has a lot of quality and who is one of the key players at United, and I think he would like to compete for more than he is competing for now.
“But that’s how it is, he does not belong to Barcelona but he will always be welcome.”
Pep Guardiola’s first Premier League title helped Manchester be named the UK’s greatest sporting city for 2018.
According to research from ESPN and the University of Bath, Manchester came out on top after scoring highly in many of the 12 factors, significantly club success/results and value for money, identified by fans.
Key to its success was Manchester City’s double success in winning the title and the Carabao Cup and, to a lesser extent, rivals Manchester United finishing second in the table and reaching the FA Cup final.
Manchester, which has never been outside the top two since winning the inaugural greatest sporting city title in 2015, displaced Liverpool in top spot.
Edinburgh leapt seven places from 10th last year, knocking London out of the top three for the first time.
“Manchester is blessed with two of the biggest clubs not just in the UK, but the whole of Europe, so City and United’s strong performances last season have helped take them back to the top spot,” said assistant professor Thomas Curran at the University of Bath.
Asked what made Manchester such a great sporting city, United midfielder Ander Herrera said: “First of all for the history of this club, I think that makes the city very interesting, very attractive.
“Second, because the last two-top positions in the league are two teams from Manchester, also because two of the best managers in the world are in Manchester.”