Luis Suarez says criticism of Neymar for Barcelona’s slump was unfair and the MSN ‘isn’t untouchable.’
Suarez was speaking at the launch of his new book, the proceeds of which go to charity, and after he scored four goals in La Blaugrana’s 8-0 rout of Deportivo La Coruna, which ended their stuttering spell.
“I don’t think [the MSN] is untouchable for the Coach. It’s true we help the team a lot, we play almost all the games but we’re not more than anyone else. When things go wrong we all assume responsibility,” he said, AS reports.
“In recent days the blame has been placed on someone and that’s not the case. We’re not machines, there are ups and downs for all players and the responsibility on Neymar for the past few days has hurt. When we won, no one said it was only down to him.
“It’s a matter of the team. He has feelings and it wasn’t fair he was liable, but in his favour it has to be said he always fights and never gives up.”
Barca remain top of La Liga, level on points with Atletico Madrid and one clear of Real Madrid, and it was pointed out that the capital clubs have busier schedules as they still have Champions League commitments.
“We depend on ourselves and we know it is difficult to make mistakes as our rivals are the best in the League and it’s complicated if they make mistakes, but we can’t let that affect us,” he continued.
“It’s true that they’ll play more games in the Champions League but fatigue in these circumstances won’t affect them. There are times fatigue doesn’t exist.”