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 best attributes as a participant. Most of all, although, Simeone felt that Suárez had one thing to show. “He had a want to point out that he’s nonetheless related,” the coach mentioned.
It’s tempting to ascribe Suárez’s type in Madrid to the re-ignition of that internal fireplace. He has all the time, in any case, 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 didn’t consider I used to be nonetheless able to taking part in on the high stage,” Suárez mentioned this week.
And but it’s potential, too, to consider that the other is true: that Suárez has discovered himself once more not in warfare, 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, against this, he has not solely encountered a coach who — as Abreu put it — “is aware of completely the way 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 take pleasure in taking part in soccer utterly.” With out battles to combat off the sector, he has been in a position to dedicate himself as soon as once more to successful them on it.
Simply as crucially, he has discovered himself on a workforce ready to supply him the assist he wants to take action. Simply as Atlético has revived Suárez, so he has revived Atlético. Simeone had all the time regarded Suárez because the best pure striker on the earth, however he was conscious that he was, in his mid-30s, now not in a position to play on the counterattack fairly so devastatingly as he had, say, with Liverpool in his mid-20s.