Luis Suarez takes aim at ‘disrespectful’ Barcelona ahead of Chelsea clash

Luis Suarez is joint top scorer in Spain this term. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) Photographer: Denis Doyle Provider: Getty Images Source: Getty Images Europe Copyright: Denis Doyle

Atletico Madrid star Luis Suarez has fired shots at former club Barcelona for the ‘disrespectful’ way they managed his exit last sumer.

The Uruguayan scored 198 times in 283 appearances for the Catalans, becoming their third top scorer of all-time during his six years at the Camp Nou.

However, he left in acrimonious circumstances last summer as Barcelona forced the 34-year-old out of the club in a desperate attempt to balance the books.

Ronald Koeman was given little say in the matter and Barcelona insisted to Suarez that he was ‘too old’ to front the club’s new project.

Suarez has made Barcelona pay for their decision this term by scoring 16 times for rivals Atletico, who currently top La Liga.

And the former Liverpool ace has hit out at Barcelona for the lack of respect they showed during his departure.

Suarez spent six seasons at Barcelona (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

‘What really bothered me was when they told me that I was old and that I could no longer play at a high level, be up to [the task of fronting] a great team,’ Suarez told France Football. ‘That’s what I did not like.’

‘If I hadn’t done anything at a club like Barca for three or four seasons, I would have understood. But, every year at Barca, I scored more than 20 goals per season. I have always had good statistics, just behind Leo (Messi).

‘Today, we can see that it is not easy to play at Barca… A lot of players who signed there did not have the level that was expected of them. Me, I played for six years at Barca maintaining a certain level and living up to what was expected of me.

‘At Barca, circumstances have changed, the club needed changes.

‘And I accepted it. The only thing that bothered me was the way [it happened]. I think I deserved some respect.’

Suarez is set to start as Diego Simeone’s side host Chelsea in the last-16 of the Champions League tonight.

The Spanish giants are favourites to progress to the quarter-finals but Thomas Tuchel has improved Chelsea’s form.

Atletico have never won the tournament and have twice finished runners-up to rivals Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016.

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