When coach and participant first spoke by cellphone, Simeone detected “the power, the starvation, the defiance” that haven’t solely characterised Suárez, however that additionally have been Simeone’s most interesting attributes as a participant. Most of all, although, Simeone felt that Suárez had one thing to show. “He had a want to indicate that he’s nonetheless related,” the coach stated.
It’s tempting to ascribe Suárez’s type in Madrid to the re-ignition of that inside hearth. He has at all times, in spite of everything, given the impression that he’s at his finest 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 didn’t imagine I used to be nonetheless able to taking part in on the prime stage,” Suárez stated this week.
And but it’s doable, too, to imagine that the alternative is true: that Suárez has discovered himself once more not in struggle, however in peace.
His former worldwide teammate Sebastián Abreu instructed the Spanish newspaper El País this week that he believed Barcelona had, in Suárez’s closing yr with the membership, “mounted a marketing campaign the place they recognized Luis as the issue with every thing, along with Lionel Messi.” Suárez, judging by his public feedback, appears to agree with that evaluation.
With Atlético, in contrast, he has not solely encountered a coach who — as Abreu put it — “is aware of completely methods to deal with a participant,” he has additionally discovered a membership that isn’t “blaming Suárez for each scenario, and in order that has liberated him to get pleasure from taking part in soccer utterly.” With out battles to struggle off the sphere, he has been capable of dedicate himself as soon as once more to profitable them on it.
Simply as crucially, he has discovered himself on a group ready to supply him the help he wants to take action. Simply as Atlético has revived Suárez, so he has revived Atlético. Simeone had at all times regarded Suárez because the most interesting pure striker on the earth, however he was conscious that he was, in his mid-30s, now not capable of play on the counterattack fairly so devastatingly as he had, say, with Liverpool in his mid-20s.