Not even the slightest chance had Luis Suárez in his first derby, on December 12, with Atlético de Madrid against Real Madrid, from which he was criticized, but from which he emerged, with 11 goals in 13 games since then to meet again with that rival and with a rematch still pending.
42 percent of Atlético’s 26 goals in LaLiga Santander since then until now have been scored by the Uruguayan attacker, who appears in the derby, however, in his worst streak since he played at Atlético: they are four games without a single goal (the victories by 1-2 and 0-2 against Granada and Villarreal, respectively, plus the 1-1 and the defeat 0-2 with Levante), which are extended to five with the duel of the Liga de Champions with Chelsea.
Among those five games, Luis Suárez connected 14 shots without the success he had had before in this course, without that forcefulness that has always impressed throughout his career and without that punch that has sustained Atlético de Madrid in recent appointments, with eleven goals in nine matchdays, before his current series without any goals.
He has scored 16 goals in 21 games in this league. Of those clashes that he has played under the command of Diego Simeone in this edition of the championship, he was left without beating the opposite framework in ten of them, six before his current dynamic that lasts four days, and one precisely the defeat by 2-0 at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium in the first round of the tournament. There he arrived with five goals.
“My way of being was always being this competitive, always trying to overcome myself and jump the next obstacle they put me in. I was always like that, hard-headed. I’m in a club where many people may think that it is difficult to score many goals. , but with the quality of the players around you, it is easy for you, “he said this week in a statement to the official LaLiga channels.
THE SECOND DERBI OR THE EIGHTEENTH MATCH AGAINST REAL MADRID
Luis Suárez will lead the attack in the derby. Among the doubts about who will be his teammate up front or on the offensive front -Marcos Llorente can play there or in the center midfield, Joao Félix can be a starter or substitute and Ángel Correa points to the right wing-, in none of the tests it has moved from its undisputed ownership.
Atlético depends more than ever on him. It is described by the data and given visibility by each throw on the pitch. If he is effective, the road to victory is much easier for the group coached by Diego Simeone, than if he reunites him in attack with Marcos Llorente, as he proved last Wednesday, he would add 24 goals in this league. The team has achieved a total of 47.
Luis Suárez has already faced Real Madrid 17 times; 16 of them with Barcelona, with whom he made his debut against that opponent, on October 25, 2014 at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, and with which he has scored 11 goals. Seven of those goals correspond to his last eight games, none yet for rojiblanco in the only derby played and from which a pending rematch emerged.