Barcelona's Luis Suarez hailed by Martin Demichelis (and here is proof he didn't bite him)
Luis Suarez (left) celebrates his double for Barcelona against Manchester City
Suarez struck both goals as the Spanish giants took control of the Champions League last-16 tie.
It was the Uruguayan’s first return to England since his £75million summer move from Liverpool to Barcelona.
And Demichelis reckons Suarez proved he is still just as good now as when he graced the Premier League.
Suarez celebrates his goalscoring return to England
"Luis has already proved throughout his career what type of player he is and the quality he has," said Demichelis.
"Football is like that, several days prior to the game, all the emphasis is placed on Messi and Neymar but the one who ends up scoring two goals is Luis Suarez.
"Barcelona have great players and any of them can make a difference."
Demichelis’ praise of Suarez pours scorn on suggestions that he was bit by the Barcelona striker during the game.
Images emerged on social media showing Demichelis briefly raising his hand towards Suarez’s face. Suarez’s head then moves in the direction of Demichelis’ hand, prompting some Twitter users to speculate there may have been a bite, but there has been no reaction from the City player.
But new footage proves that the striker did not sink his teeth into the Argentine defender.
Suarez does have previous having been found guilty of biting opponents on three occasions, once at Ajax, again while at Liverpool and then during last year’s World Cup.
But Demichelis’ attention is focused on how City can turn around the tie in the second leg at the Nou Camp on March 18.
City reduced the deficit after Suarez’s double through Sergio Aguero, although they did need an injury-time Joe Hart penalty save from Messi to prevent further damage.
City also finished the game with 10 men after Gael Clichy was sent off but Demichelis saw enough to give reason for optimism.
City face an uphill task at the Nou Camp after the former Liverpool star’s double
The 34-year-old added: “Without a doubt we are confident we can turn this around.
"We will go to Barcelona to try to do our best and progress.
"We want to dominate in Europe and we will achieve that in the coming years.
"It would be important for us to progress to the next round. We need to take that step in the Champions League."
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