Suarez link up excites Neymar

Neymar and Lionel Messi (AFP)
Neymar and Lionel Messi (AFP)

Madrid - Barcelona forward Neymar is looking forward to welcoming Luis Suarez into his and Lionel Messi's star-studded strike partnership when the Uruguayan returns from a four-month ban this weekend.

Suarez looks set to make his debut for the Catalans on the biggest stage of all as Barca face Real Madrid for the first time this season at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Neymar and Messi have already combined for 17 goals in 10 games so far this season and the Brazilian is convinced last season's Premier League Player of the Year will only add to their firepower.

"For me Messi is the best player in the world and I am happy to be able to play alongside him," said the 22-year-old.

"But Luis Suarez is among the best too and I am sure he will bring many good things to our team."

Before concentrating on the Clasico, Barca welcome Ajax to the Camp Nou on Tuesday in a crucial Champions League clash following the Catalans defeat away to Paris Saint-Germain in their last European outing.

"It will be a very difficult and a very important match. We always play to win but I believe Ajax to be a great team both in defence and in attack. We will have to work hard to win," added Neymar.

"We need to think about doing everything possible to beat Ajax and afterwards we can begin to think about Madrid. Ajax are a great team and we are all concentrating on this game."

Barca boss Luis Enrique also stressed the importance of not looking ahead to the clash at the Bernabeu, but played down the idea that this could be a vital week in his side's season.

"We are used to playing every three or four days and the only important game and one in our minds right now is Ajax. The players are aware of how important this match is," he said.

"I don't have doubts about my team, nor about the game at the Bernabeu independent of the result against Ajax.

"The sensations at the moment are very good. We have only drawn one game in the league, only lost one in the Champions League, which we didn't deserve to lose.

"It is not a key week. The key weeks arrive in April and May. It is an interesting week rather than a key one."

Enrique is though expected to rotate his side for the visit of the Dutch champions, who have only taken two points from their opening two games in Group F.

Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic and Andres Iniesta are all expected to return after being rested in the 3-0 win over Eibar on Saturday.

And Marc-Andre ter Stegen could also make his third appearance for the club should Enrique continue his policy of using the German in the Champions League despite Claudio Bravo's run of eight clean sheets in La Liga.

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