The Uruguayan striker has been at Atlético de Madrid for two months after his surprise departure from Barcelona
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Luis Suárez made his debut for Atlético de Madrid with two goals against Celta de Vigo (Reuters)
After the culmination of the 2019/20 season, Luis Suárez left Barcelona as the club's third highest scorer in history, with 198 goals in 283 games throughout his six years as a Barça player, remaining for behind his great friend Lionel Messi (634) and César Rodríguez (232). The new project of the institution did not have him and that is why he ended up marching to Atlético de Madrid .
Almost two months after that game, the Uruguayan forward spoke with Radio Marca and referred to his present in the capital's box and what his departure from the Catalan team left, an episode that he still remembers with anger because of how it ended up happening.
“He was not a horny man, he was sad and hurt by the ways of going out. I already said it, where they close a door, five giants open to you, valuing work, professionalism and career. I feel proud. Where they did not want me they want me in another. I found happiness and enjoying this moment now, ”he said.
When promptly consulted for the reasons why his name appeared on the list of “transferable” and the weight of the technician Ronald Koeman in that decision, he assured: “There was a tactical planning or, whatever you want to call it, work that they wanted to make changes. You had to accept it because they didn't need you. Each one to draw conclusions . I have to live my present at Atleti , but it makes one feel bad that, I who left friends, are living that lack of forcefulness ”. That phrase is not a coincidence, since Barcelona has not hired anyone to replace Lucho and Antoine Griezmann has ended up being a victim of that position, which he occupies despite not feeling comfortable.
Luis Suárez is a close friend of Lionel Messi (Reuters)
Regarding his friend Lionel Messi , he acknowledged that they speak often but that their talks are not linked to football: “The truth is that we speak, yes. Much, but honestly we talk about our life. It was recently the birthday of one of my children, also yours. We talk about life, the virus, everything, but very little about football, about the goals that we miss, about tactical systems … We worry more about how the family is than about what happens in football.
His move from Barcelona to Atlético was a surprise for many fans of the culé team who did not even point against the leadership, which at that time was commanded by Josep Maria Bartomeu , for having let him go to a direct rival both in the objective of conquering La Liga and La Liga. Champions League . In relation to his feelings in these two months, the 33-year-old forward showed how in a new home: “I knew to the team where he came from, with what kind of teammates and with which coach he was going to work. The people who work around the club are spectacular and have made it very easy for me and my family to adapt. That makes things easier for you and makes the club bigger. One values it and I am surprised by the good infrastructure it has. You see the club in general with a lot of desire to continue growing to be bigger in Europe ”.
When asked about the work style of Diego Pablo Simeone , his new coach, he was sincere: “From the outside, I could see it. It surprises me that I have been in a club for many years and the players continue with that conviction. That they continue working, that if one does not play the substitute supports. That is generated by the coach with his spirit, his contagion so that we are all active. That generates a healthy competition that makes each player better ”.
Suárez seeks to make history at Atlético de Madrid (Reuters)
Suárez valued the level of the squad and announced that there is a hunger for glory in the dressing room, so he was enthusiastic about the idea of lifting a trophy this season. He also highlighted some of his teammates, but especially Joao Félix : “He has to enjoy himself and wait for his moment. It will help us a lot, it has started very well. He is seen hungry, excited, eager to achieve great things in the group and on a personal level. To enjoy a very young player for what I am, a player who wants to learn and who can surely help me in positive aspects ”.
The Uruguayan described La Liga as a “couple” since the irregular start of Barcelona and Real Madrid has allowed other clubs to dream of being consecrated, but he also argued that at the European level the situation is different: “I think the Champions League it is very different from La Liga. It is based on the time of each team. He's very physical now. The game against Bayern (4-0) was because they were more effective than us. Of five or six they had, they got four. We had more chances and we couldn't convert. That in Champions is paid dearly. If we improve that efficiency we can compete against Bayern, which is the best team in Europe, or Liverpool, who have already eliminated them in the past. If we know what we want and we believe it, we are qualified because we have players, personality and quality . You just need to be right at those key moments. It's what you have to do in the Champions League ”.