• Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez shares his thoughts ahead of his first match against Barcelona
  • Suarez says he will not celebrate in front of his former teammates if he scores a goal
  • The Uruguayan striker has scored at least one goal against all 29 La Liga clubs

Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez addressed a few interesting things ahead of his first match against FC Barcelona.

After the international break, Atletico will face Barcelona for the first time this season. The clashes between the two Spanish clubs have always been intense.

However, the fact that Suarez will play against his former club for the first time adds drama to the rivalry.

In an exclusive interview with AS, Suarez was asked to reveal his thoughts ahead of the highly-anticipated match, including “would he celebrate” if he scored a goal against former teammates.

Interestingly, the Uruguayan admitted that though it is a “special game” for him, he will not savor the moment in front of his “friends” out of respect.

“No, I wouldn’t celebrate, out of respect for my former teammates and for a club that gave me so much,” Suarez responded.

“It’s obviously a special game for me, coming up against so many friends. But I’m going to give my all for this shirt, just as I have at every club I’ve played for. I’m really enjoying myself and I’m raring to keep on showing to the world the quality player that I am. ”

Behind Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico has been one of the consistent contenders in the Spanish top-flight. For Suarez, the team is “competitive,” but they need to be confident about it to win.

“The fact is that Atlético has been up there and challenging for major silverware for years,” the striker stated. “They’ve had the bad luck of losing finals. They won La Liga a few years ago, and in recent seasons, they have challenged Barca and Madrid. If we believe in ourselves and keep in mind that we have a good squad, with competitive players.”

“They also really get behind whoever’s in the team,” Suarez continued. “You feel that and it’s really important for the good of the group. If we have faith in ourselves, we can achieve big things.”

Teammates no more: Luis Suarez struck up a strong friendship with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but the Urugayan's transfer to Atletico Madrid has been confirmed
Teammates no more: Luis Suarez struck up a strong friendship with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, but the Urugayan has now moved to Atletico Madrid AFP / PAU BARRENA

Ronald Koeman’s arrival in Barcelona marked the beginning of Suarez’s departure. However, the Dutchman insisted that the former Liverpool star could have stayed if he opted to, but he has to accept that he will just be just another player in the team.

"He [Suarez] trained normally, trained well. He finally made the choice to leave and I said: 'If you don't leave, for whatever reason, then you are just one of the group, then you can prove that I was wrong'. He could have stayed, yes,” Koeman previously told NOS.

It didn’t take long for Suarez to shine in Atleti. In fact, he has already scored three goals for his new club this season.

Even more interesting, the 33-year-old has now scored against all 29 La Liga clubs after netting his latest goal in Atletico’s 4-0 win over Cadiz on Saturday.