Luis Enrique called Luis Suárez "a magnet for positivity" after Barcelona shredded Roma; UEFA.com's Graham Hunter soaks up the intense good vibes at Camp Nou.
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After his exceptional team emerged from a Clásico in Madrid then a UEFA Champions League tie against AS Roma in the space of four days with two wins and ten goals scored, it was inevitable that Luis Enrique opted to try and dampen down the fervour around Barcelona.
His point that "it is only November and still the first third of the season" is well made – as is the refrain which has been a touchstone here since the days of Josep Guardiola, that "praise and victories weaken you".
However, when it came to analysing yet another Luis Suárez Man-of-the-Match performance, Barça's Asturian coach did not hesitate to eulogise. "It feels and looks like Luis has been playing for Barcelona for years," he said. "He's like a magnet for positivity thanks to his work rate and the immense intensity applied to everything he does. Throw in his quality and skill and the total product is vital."
The achievement of consecutively winning these two games so emphatically may have slightly eclipsed the fact that Suárez has just surpassed the Barcelona scoring records of Diego Maradona and Romário. Maradona scored 38 for the club, Romário 39 – Suárez's total now stands at 42 from just 63 games, all the more remarkable given that he is not a regular penalty-taker and is consistently generous in his assists.
Ahead of this test, ex-Roma coach Fabio Capello commented that it has turned out to be Barcelona's great fortune that Lionel Messi got injured against Las Palmas in late September. The Italian believes Suárez and Neymar's responses over recent weeks have been catalysed by them realising their vital importance to the Spanish and European champions in Messi's absence.
Bow comprehensively back after two goals and an assist in this 6-1 romp, Barcelona's No10 took time to savour returning to perform in this increasingly infamous trident. "I can't really say whether the fact that Neymar, Luis and I get on so well is a key to how well the team performs," he noted. "But it's true the three of us really try to enjoy playing with each other in every single game.
"We know we carry a lot of responsibility but playing is fun – we love winning and if you can do that while having a good time on the pitch, it's better still. But this combination of the three of us isn't something that has just happened now – we've been like this for ages."
In Messi's absence Neymar showed his all-for-one spirit by offering Suárez the chance to bury a penalty against Villarreal – an act of generosity that Barcelona's all-time leading scorer emulated against Roma by gifting the Neymar the chance to add his name to the scoresheet from the spot. The Brazilian missed, though Adriano converted the rebound, the spirit of 'it doesn't matter who scores' only enhancing the collective power of these three exceptional strikers.
"It's pure gold for the team that they see each other this way and we must continue supporting their mutual enjoyment," concluded the happy Barcelona coach. "The better Messi, Suárez and Neymar get on, the better it is for all of us."