Luis Suárez Rediscovers His Bite

When coach and participant first spoke by cellphone, Simeone detected “the energy, the hunger, the defiance” that haven’t solely characterised Suárez, however that additionally have been Simeone’s best attributes as a participant. Most of all, although, Simeone felt that Suárez had one thing to show. “He had a desire to show that he is still relevant,” the coach stated.

It is tempting to ascribe Suárez’s type in Madrid to the re-ignition of that internal hearth. He has at all times, in spite of everything, given the impression that he’s at his greatest when he has one thing or somebody to rage towards, whether or not it’s an opponent, an authority or, on this case, merely the dying of the sunshine. “Some did not believe I was still capable of playing at the top level,” Suárez stated this week.

And but it’s attainable, too, to consider that the alternative is true: that Suárez has discovered himself once more not in battle, however in peace.

His former worldwide teammate Sebastián Abreu informed the Spanish newspaper El País this week that he believed Barcelona had, in Suárez’s last year with the membership, “mounted a campaign where they identified Luis as the problem with everything, together with Lionel Messi.” Suárez, judging by his public feedback, appears to agree with that evaluation.

With Atlético, against this, he has not solely encountered a coach who — as Abreu put it — “knows perfectly how to treat a player,” he has additionally discovered a membership that’s not “blaming Suárez for every situation, and so that has liberated him to enjoy playing soccer completely.” Without battles to struggle off the sphere, he has been capable of dedicate himself as soon as once more to profitable them on it.

Just as crucially, he has discovered himself on a workforce ready to supply him the help he wants to take action. Just as Atlético has revived Suárez, so he has revived Atlético. Simeone had at all times regarded Suárez because the best pure striker on the planet, however he was conscious that he was, in his mid-30s, not capable of play on the counterattack fairly so devastatingly as he had, say, with Liverpool in his mid-20s.

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