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Suarez tips Barca amid UCL woes

LUIS Suarez said Barcelona has not given up on the UEFA Champions League despite a “difficult and painful” 0-4 drubbing by Paris Saint-Germain in their last 16 tie this week.

“If we want to make history at this club, we have to turn this tie around,” Suarez said at a charity event in Barcelona yesterday.

“We are the best team in the world. If there is a team that can overturn this situation, it’s Barcelona,” added the Uruguayan.

No team has overcome a 0-4 first-leg loss to progress to the next round in the UCL knockout stages.

Barcelona, which has won the competition five times, has reached the quarterfinals of the UCL in the last nine years. That run looks likely to be broken when it hosts PSG in the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 8.

“To lose in the manner that we did in the last 16 is difficult and painful. It’s going to be very difficult but it’s a beautiful challenge,” said Suarez.

Suarez made it clear that the players were fully behind coach Luis Enrique, under fire after the loss. “We are all to blame,” he said. “We didn’t play well and that we all have to take responsibility for what happened.”

Suarez was speaking ahead of tomorrow’s La Liga home game against struggling Leganes.

Barcelona is second in La Liga one point adrift of Real Madrid, which has two games in hand.


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