Not even the slightest chance had Luis Suarez in his first derby, on December 12, with the Atlético de Madrid in front of Real Madrid, from which he was criticized, but from which he emerged launched, 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, which is presented in the derby, however, in his worst streak since playing for Atlético: they are four days 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 Champions League duel with Chelsea.
Among those five games, Luis Suárez connected 14 shots without success that 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 games, 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 orders of Diego Simeone In this edition of the championship, ten of them did not beat the opposite mark, six before its current dynamic that lasts four days, and one precisely the 2-0 defeat 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 to be that competitive, always trying to overcome myself and jump the next obstacle that they put me. I was always like this, hard-headed. I’m in a club where many people may think that it is difficult to score a lot of goals, but with the quality of the players around you, it becomes easy for you, ”he said this week in statements to official LaLiga channels.
THE SECOND DERBI OR THE 18TH DUEL AGAINST MADRID
Luis Suárez will lead the attack in the derby. Among the doubts of which will be your partner up front or on the offensive front –Marcos Llorente placeholder image can play there or in the middle center, Joao Felix can be a regular or substitute and Angel Correa points to the right wing-, in none of the tests has he moved from his 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 trained by Diego Simeone, that 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 which 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.