- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Aligning Luis Suarez with Lionel Messi and Neymar to spear Barcelona’s attack looks like a winning formula, if the three can set aside their problems and possible distractions.

The club has turned to former midfielder Luis Enrique, known for his forthright approach, to lead the rebuilding project that will likely have its unique set of challenges.

“Luis Enrique is our most important signing,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said. “We expect a lot from him.”

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There is no way around it: Barcelona is putting its reputation as a “values first” club at stake by signing Luis Suarez following his biting incident at the World Cup, earning the Uruguay forward a four-month suspension.

Suarez’s chomp into the shoulder of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini led to his third ban for biting an opponent after similar incidents while at former clubs Liverpool and Ajax. He was also suspended in 2011 for making racist insults during a match.

But Suarez’s knack for scoring and his Premier League-leading 31 goals last season were enough to convince Barcelona that he was needed to re-conquer the league title and was worth an 81 million euro ($108 million) investment.

His ban by FIFA was softened to let him practice and play friendlies. He won’t play a competitive match until Oct. 25.

Suarez has pledged not to bite again.

“I say to all the fans, don’t worry, because I won’t do that anymore,” Suarez said at his presentation.



Oddly enough, Suarez’s ban may not be the biggest problem Barcelona faces this season.

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