10 Jun ‘A joke’ that Barcelona gifted Atletico Madrid Luis Suarez
Jordi Alba has mentioned the way in which Barcelona gifted Luis Suarez to title rivals Atletico Madrid final September was a “joke.”
Suarez, 34, went on to attain 21 targets in La Liga, together with the successful objective in every of the final two video games of the season, as Atletico beat Barca and Actual Madrid to prime spot.
“It was a joke,” Barca defender Alba informed Cadena Ser. “He’s somebody who gave lots to Barcelona they usually virtually gave him away for nothing, above all to a direct rival in Atletico.
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“And look, they went on to win the league with him. I did not prefer it. Except for the friendship we’ve got, the place are you going to discover a striker like him? It’s tough to seek out one. Sure, there are some superb gamers, however what Luis gave us…”
Suarez, who might finally value Atletico €11 million in add-ons, mentioned he was “underestimated” by Barcelona after successful the league in Could.
“He gained the league and shut quite a lot of mouths,” Alba added. “His final 12 months wasn’t straightforward at Barca and he has had the prospect to close some individuals up.
“I can inform you that the ambiance [at Barca] with Luis was spectacular. He’s a man that works arduous, that was nice for the group and the numbers converse for themselves: [he is] the third highest objective scorer in Barca’s historical past.”
Antoine Griezmann, who performed alongside Suarez for a 12 months at Camp Nou, was tasked with changing the striker at Barca this previous season.
Nevertheless, the France ahead, regardless of scoring 20 targets in all competitions, did not fairly reside as much as the billing of his €120m price ticket and he has admitted he has discovered it arduous at occasions at Barcelona.
“I’ve earned respect in France,” he informed L’Equipe forward of the beginning of Euro 2020 this week. “People who find out about football realise I do properly all over the place I’m going.
“For the nationwide team, every thing goes via me, I really feel freer than with Barca, like at Atletico, whether or not it is to ask for the ball or to shoot inside the realm.
“At Barcelona, it has been difficult at occasions, though the criticism has generally been exaggerated. In 2021, although, I feel issues have gone higher.
“At first of the season, after I wasn’t taking part in, I did not really feel essential. I am used to taking part in within the large video games after which I discover myself on the bench towards Madrid. It’s annoying to see your teammates warming up if you end up not taking part in, however you need to settle for it and attempt to change the coach’s determination.”
Griezmann additionally informed L’Equipe that regardless of rumours that put him at odds with Messi, the Argentina star is an excellent teammate. “On the pitch, he is clearly a super-easy participant to play with. You ship him a melon, he turns it into caviar. We do not have that stress to overlook a move with him.
“We perceive one another properly, generally textual content one another and speak lots throughout coaching. On the sphere he’s a really good teammate.”
Griezmann added that Barcelona want stability. “It has been three managers in two years.” He mentioned the previous season was “difficult” as a result of there have been “too many accidents” and “not everybody performed of their finest place as a result of system that was used.”