Still a killer, Luis Suarez is going to make Barcelona pay for their mistake

Luis Suarez is an assassin. He always has been, and his declining physical gifts haven’t impacted this fact. The Uruguayan is the kind of player who doesn’t score goals but takes them, like a hungry tiger with a one-track mind.

This was evident at Eibar midweek, when Atletico Madrid travelled in need of a crucial victory to keep their title charge imperial. A trip to the Basque Country in mid-January is never easy, especially at a ground as combative as Ipurua.

Fears deepened in the 12th minute when the hosts took the lead, goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic remarkably scoring a penalty. Five minutes before half-time, however, Suarez struck back, overpowering his opponent and bundling an effort over the line.

The second half continued to challenge, until Suarez again stepped up to the plate. This time he won and then took the second penalty of the game, delivering a cold-blooded Panenka before wheeling away in triumph.

Luis Suarez

Meanwhile, Barcelona were into extra-time in the Copa del Rey at third-tier UE Cornella, missing two penalties. They were a sorry sight, a Lionel Messi-less team playing snooker with a noodle while their jilted lover was scoring like a man on a mission.

That’s because he was. Suarez is a combative soul and always has been, ever since he tore apart Premier League defences in Liverpool red. He plays to win, not like someone like Antoine Griezmann who’s so enamoured with the celebrity of the game and wants to be admired and loved. Suarez is a killer.

He proved it again on Sunday. Atletico went a goal behind for the second time in a matter of days, conceding an eleventh-minute wonder goal to Valencia’s Uros Racic. Joao Felix got Atletico back on level terms before Suarez took the lead in the 54th minute, Angel Correa adding a third soon after.

The result meant Diego Simeone’s men went seven points clear at the top of the table, leaving Real Madrid and Barcelona in their dust. Punters keen to check out the best betting odds for Spanish football and beyond can do so at wetttippsheute.net.

Suarez’s goal was his 12th in 15 La Liga appearances so far this season, taking him joint-top in the Pichichi race alongside Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who’s in the form of his life.

Luis Suarez

Suarez isn’t, and that’s the point. Now 34, he’s a long way off his best, yet he’s still fighting it out at the top of the goalscoring charts alongside his old partner-in-crime Messi and En-Nesyri, who’s in the thick of a freak purple patch.

His departure from Barcelona made sense. It was difficult to justify having both him and Messi in the same team given their physical powers had waned and they couldn’t contribute as much off the ball as they did.

What’s unforgivable is that Suarez was allowed to join a direct rival. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson took Gabriel Heinze to court to prevent him from joining Liverpool because he knew that the transfer would prove a double-edged sword. Both the player and the club would have extra impetus to stick it to their rival.

Suarez certainly has that now. Not only was he cast aside callously by the club he served diligently but he fell into the arms of Simeone, a man who thrives on adversity and fighting against the odds. What’s more, Atletico were a lethal goalscorer away from mounting a serious title challenge. They have one now.

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5 Comments

  1. Aref Karimi says:

    Barca’s managers have to find a thick concrete wall and bang their head against it! They loose every second game whilst Suarez is killing it in Athletico!!

  2. Abraam-Amadeo Dascalu says:

    Suarez must have ended with applauses on Nou Camp. He deserved it.
    Even if you like Real and love Zizou you cannot deny for once that Simeone and Suarez deserve a title.
    Go on, guys!

  3. Supa Knight says:

    Why did you include Griezmann? Griezmann doesn’t play to be a celebrity okay? He is a player who gives his heart on and off the pitch. Grizi also helps in the midfield and defence unlike Suarez who only stays in his half to only score. He can never play like Griezmann. Both are different profile players. Grizi lead France and Atléti to glory with his leadership and hardwork. Griezmann is a legend for France and Atléti. Don’t be biased, Suarez fan boy. Respect both.

    1. Tunde says:

      You didn’t get what he said, he was hardworking in Atletico but in Barca, he is playing to be loved, he is bothered with talks like he and Messi are not getting along well and even sometimes he gets chances which ordinarily he would score, he instead make an assist or even look for Messi. Although recently the narrative has changed but he is still not doing as much.

  4. Justin says:

    Absolutely agree with this article!

    Luis Suarez is well-positioned to be the new Diego Costa who fantastically spearheaded Atletico to La Liga triumph in 2013/14 season.

    Simeone’s fighting mentality fit Suarez like a glove. They are both fighters who never give up, and always have spare grit and relentlessness to win.

    That being said, the rest of the team is a rock!

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