​Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has revealed the three attributes which convinced the club that Luiz Suarez would be an excellent signing, calling the Uruguayan 'half-Catalan' after his brace helped the Spanish side to a dramatic Champions League win over Atletico Madrid in midweek.


Suarez joined the club in the summer of 2014 after a controversial World Cup campaign, enjoying a moderately productive debut season before exploding in his second year - currently sitting on 45 goals from as many games, with 26 of those strikes coming in 29 La Liga games. 


​Enrique said: "He has settled extraordinarily at Barcelona. He looks, not Catalan because Uruguayans could kill us, but he looks half-Catalan! What Luis Suarez does for us, not just his goals, but his work and character, is why we decided to sign him."

Suarez's 'goals, work and character' aside, Enrique's team have come under pressure over the last week. Struggling past Atletico in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final might not have meant too much on its own, but defeat in last weekend's Clasico have raised some questions over the form of some players. 


Even Lionel Messi was criticised after Tuesday's Champions League game, but Enrique leapt to his defence. He said: "I've seen Leo be very participative, not just on Tuesday but also in El Clasico. Our challenge is very difficult and playing football is very complex.


"Despite having top quality players you can go through difficult periods like this and we shouldn’t become crazy or be too worried. There is not going to be an easy game against Atletico Madrid. None of us expects it to be."


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