Three of Atletico Madrid’s last four victories have had Luis Suarez right at the heart of them, the most recent of them being the 2-1 win at Eibar where the Uruguayan scored the equaliser, won a penalty and then converted from the spot to take all three points back to the capital.
Diego Simeone needed a finisher and he has one, with Suarez now joint-top scorer in LaLiga Santander with 11 goals.
His Atleti side are seven points clear of Real Madrid with a game in hand and 10 ahead of Barcelona, also with a game in hand.
It was Barcelona who gifted Suarez to Los Rojiblancos last summer, after it was decided that the No.9 wouldn’t play for the Catalan club any longer.
Simeone explained to Suarez that he would have a starring role at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano and Atletico made space for the striker, at which point Barcelona decided that they wouldn’t pay off Suarez’s contract only for him to land with a direct rival.
Despite that realisation, though, Suarez was then allowed to join Atletico for a modest transfer fee. The capital city side will have to pay six million euros – 3m euros per season over 2020/21 and 2021/22 – if they reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Continue reading.