It was a tough breakup for Luis Suárez and Barcelona. Suárez had a tough time accepting that he was not needed anymore. Barcelona apprehensive it made the incorrect determination by permitting him to affix one in every of its rivals. It didn’t take lengthy for either side to maneuver on, although, and to begin watching ahead to life aside.
Suárez thrived in his debut with Atlético Madrid on Sunday, scoring twice in a 6-1 rout of Granada within the Spanish league and displaying that he might be a superb slot in Diego Simeone’s crew. A number of hours later, Barcelona had no issues scoring targets in a 4-Zero defeat of Villarreal, performing effectively below new coach Ronald Koeman and seeing teen Ansu Fati take over the crew’s scoring function.
“We scored four times, that was very good, I think the whole impression of the team was very good,” stated Koeman, who wished Suárez “the best of luck” however was assured his crew might do effectively and not using a true striker up entrance.
The Dutch coach advised Suárez he wasn’t in his plans shortly after taking up the squad following the crew’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the Champions League in August.
He determined to depend on an assault led by Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé and the 17-year-old Fati.
“(Fati) showed that he has a great future ahead of him with Barcelona,” Koeman stated.
“I’m very happy with him, he played a great match.” Messi additionally scored for Barcelona in what was his first aggressive match since being compelled to remain after telling the membership he needed to depart. He had been among the many players who criticised the Catalan membership for the plan it dealt with Suárez’s exit.
The 33-year-old Uruguay striker, Barcelona’s third all-time directing scorer, had an emotional farewell and stated it was powerful to simply accept Barcelona’s determination. But it didn’t take lengthy for him to be smiling once more, although, and he was thriving in an Atlético shirt just 4 days after being let go.
“It’s a feeling of happiness,” Suárez stated. “The way the whole team welcomed me was crucial to give me confidence and tranquility, and that showed on the field.”
He wanted just about 20 minutes off the bench to point out that his partnership with Simeone’s crew may very well be victorious. He changed Diego Costa within the 71st minute and shortly arrange a objective and scored two others.
“Suárez arrival allows us to keep growing as a club and as a team,” Simeone stated. “His experience and his numbers will give us a greater attacking power.”
Suárez might be teaming up with the veteran Costa and teen João Félix, who additionally scored within the rout of Granada as Atlético opened its league campaign.
“The more good players we have, the better,” Félix stated.
“Suárez’s arrival is great for the team, is great for the club.” Atlético’s subsequent game is at promoted Huesca on Wednesday, whereas Barcelona visits Celta Vigo on Thursday.
Real Madrid, coming off its first win of the season at Real Betis on Saturday, hosts winless Valladolid on Wednesday.