Luis Suárez: “It is striking that the Copa América is played”


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Luis Suárez: "It is striking that the Copa América is played"

Luis Suarez arrived this Saturday morning at the Carrasco International Airport and spoke at a press conference about the League won with the Atlético de Madrid and the next challenges of the Uruguayan Selection. The attacker also commented on the suspension of Edinson cavani and said about the dispute of the America Cup: “It is striking that it is played.”

The Salta striker arrived in his country seven days after having become champion with Atleti and assured: “After finishing the League in a very tight year, now it is time to think about the Qualifiers and then the America’s Cup. On a personal level and at the club, we had a great year that we did not expect, fighting a lot, now that everything is over we must focus on the National Team that we have not been here for a long time ”.

La Celeste has not played since November 2020, where they played dates 3 and 4 of the CONMEBOL Qualifiers towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Suárez played the first match of that double date (against Colombia on November 13) and could not be in the match against Brazil for catching coronavirus.

“Emotionally, I come with a lot of desire after finishing the season as I finished it, with maximum satisfaction, really enjoying the moment after a complicated but happy year and delighted to now be able to wear the national team shirt again”, Said Suárez.

The forward said that he was clear about the joy that the fact that Atleti achieved the League title generated in his compatriots: “The Uruguayans are fans for the good of the Uruguayan player, there were three of us (Lucas Torreira, Josema Giménez and I) plus the teacher Ortega , we knew that we had a great part of encouragement from here in Uruguay ”.

Regarding what is coming, Suárez affirmed that “with the demand and obligation that Uruguay has, the priority now is the Qualifiers”, and that “after these two games against Paraguay and Venezuela, the Copa América will be considered “.

The footballer said that before the change in the calendar arranged by CONMEBOL, he should only think about the rivals who are now the next to face and stressed that in La Celeste they are clear that they have to be strong as locals but knowing that rivals are difficult, such as the Guaraní team that will face this Thursday, June 3 at the Centenario Stadium. Uruguay will play on Tuesday the 8th against Venezuela in Caracas.

Then, the Celeste will play the Copa América. Suárez said about the realization of this contest: “We are in a difficult situation worldwide, It is striking that it is played, it is reality, but when it is confirmed we must try to face it in the best possible way and not think about it (the pandemic), sometimes we should give priority to the health of the human being and not to a soccer tournament”.

THE ABSENCE OF EDINSON CAVANI
Suárez also reflected on the suspension of Edinson Cavani for these next two qualifying matches: “In recent days some teammates have been discarded, due to injury (Cristhian Stuani, Darwin Núñez) or COVID (Maxi Gómez); Edi’s absence is very important to us but we were already aware that in these two games we were not going to be able to count on him, the Maestro (Tabárez) will have his players to decide and see which is the best option ”.

And he commented on what he will miss about the Manchester United striker: “Obviously what is missed about Edi is what he is as a player, what he means for the National Team, what he gives when it comes to helping and working for the team”.

“And later, for the years that we have been together, sometimes without looking at each other, we know each other’s movements and that is a plus,” said the historical top scorer of the Uruguayan team that in these Qualifiers he has scored four goals in three games played, and that This Saturday he already joined the training sessions at the Celeste Complex.


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