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Barcelona's Luis Suarez hailed by Martin Demichelis (and here is proof he didn't bite him)

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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.


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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.


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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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WATCH: Did former Liverpool star Luis Suarez BITE again against Man City?




But did the former Liverpool star also land a chomp on City defender Martin Demichelis?



Footage emerging on social media shows Suarez lean his head down towards the right hand of the Argentine during Barcelona’s 2-1 win at the Etihad.



Did Suarez try to bite Demichelis? Was it just an innocuous collision between the pair? Or was he perhaps giving the centre-back a friendly kiss on the gloves?



While the footage is inconclusive, Suarez certainly has previous.


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Did Luis Suarez try to take a bite out of Martin Demichelis?

The 28-year-old left Liverpool for Barcelona in a £75million deal last summer after being handed a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.



He also served a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April 2013.



And Suarez sat out seven games for his first bite offence during his time at Ajax.





Viewers were quick to condemn the Uruguayan on Twitter, despite the unconvincing evidence.



"Pretty sure Suarez tried to bite Demichelis here.. Not again," posted @zachsadri.



Another added: “Suarez trying to bite someone again the man has problems.”



"Luis Suarez tried to bite someone again?! Hahaha so glad he’s not our problem anymore," wrote Liverpool fan @TheRedTsar.



WHAT DO YOU THINK? WATCH THE FOOTAGE AND LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW…




Pretty sure Suarez tried to bite Demichelis here.. Not again http://ift.tt/1wcoy6I


— ZS (@zachsadri) February 24, 2015





Suarez trying to bite someone again the man has problems


— Pete McMenemy (@PeteMcMenemy94) February 25, 2015





Luis Suarez tried to bite someone again?! Hahaha so glad he’s not our problem anymore


— Spencer JFT96 (@TheRedTsar) February 25, 2015







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