​Barcelona striker Luis Suárez admits that he's eager to get the club's busy Christmas schedule underway as Ernesto Valverde's side look to make up for a poor start to the new season.

Barça are sitting top of La Liga, level on points with Real Madrid and with a game in hand on Atlético Madrid, but the club have still dropped 11 points already against sides like Levante, Granada and Athletic.

The club are now preparing for a winter schedule which will see them come up against Atlético Madrid, as well as Real Madrid after the original date for El Clásico had to be postponed, and Suárez insists it's a good chance for Barcelona to make up for lost ground in the title race.

Luis Suarez

"A very nice month is ahead," Suárez said, quoted by Marca"We like those, both as footballers and also people. There will be a Clásico too. You have to be mentally and physically prepared. Maybe we won't win every game or have it easy, but we hope to do our best with the support of the fans.

"We have not had a simple league start. We gave away points that in other years we hadn't lost, but we know that other teams are also competing well."

Suárez has already scored eight goals in 13 games across all competitions this season, taking his tally for the club to 185 goals in 260 appearances - making him Barcelona's third top goalscorer of all time.

The 32-year-old recently celebrated five years at the club, he made his debut on matchday nine against Real Madrid in 2014, and Suárez admits he's achieved more at the club than he could have ever dreamed of.

"The other day, whilst I was looking at photos with my wife, we found one from 2004 in which we were in Barcelona on vacation and I stood next to a giant image of Ronaldinho," he added.

"For me, then, playing at Barcelona was something very distant. Having arrived at Barcelona and having achieved what I have achieved, both at a personal and team level, is something I never imagined.

"I'm proud to be in the top five scorers at the best club in the world, a club that has so much history. When I arrived at Barcelona, I fulfilled a dream. I wanted to enjoy being with my teammates, but I didn't even think I would get to this level."

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