Luis Suarez heaped more misery on his former club Barcelona as he helped Atletico Madrid claim a 2-0 victory over the Catalans on Saturday.
The striker contributed a goal and an assist to mount pressure on Barca coach Ronald Koeman. The former Barca man set up Thomas Lemar for the opener. Frenchman returned the favor, as Suarez sealed the victory for the reigning LaLiga champions.
Suarez said after the match.
I knew [I wouldn’t celebrate] out of respect, out of affection, for being a Barca fan. For the time I s pent at Barcelona, for the moment my ex-teammates are going through, the fans too — it’s difficult.
The Uruguay international did, however, gesture as if he were making a phone call after scoring. Suarez said jokingly about the incident.
So people know that I still have the same number and keep using the telephone,
September 2020: Koeman calls Suarez to tell him he’s not in his plans at Barcelona. Atletico sign Suarez.
One year later… pic.twitter.com/2EgNyeKPFx
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 2, 2021
Then, asked if it was in any manner intended to Ronald Koeman
“No, no, no, not at all. If he wants to take it personally … No, I’d agreed with my kids as a joke that I’d do that.
Atletico moves up to second place behind leaders Real Madrid, while Barcelona remains ninth after back-to-back defeats in all competitions.
Although Barcelona President was optimistic before the game and also made some surprising remarks. The public backing did not improve matters on the pitch. Atletico took the lead after 23 minutes when Lemar was on the end of Suarez’s pass to score.
The match ended 2-0 while a highly animated Diego Simone was doing his utmost on the sidelines to raise the noises in a full Wanda Metropolitano.