Very few players in the history of the game can boast of a record like that of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan was the only player to win a Golden Boot in the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, a testament to his imperious abilities in front of goal.
Earlier today, Suarez spoke to Gerard Romero’s Jijantes FC about how playing in adverse conditions affected his form. Contrary to the usual understanding, he said that getting whistled at was something that pushed him to play better.
“I love it when I get whistled at, it helps me score more goals. You can ask Real Madrid fans.”
His mention of Real Madrid as an example is well backed statistically. Suarez has faced off against Los Blancos time and time again in both El Clasico and the Madrid Derby. In 19 games against the men in white, he scored 12 goals and provided five assists.
After a successful stint at Barcelona, the striker led Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title last season. However, a combination of his poor form and the availability of younger options saw him excluded from Diego Simeone’s plans for next season.
The player is now a free agent after leaving Atletico Madrid and has not yet announced his future club. It is speculated that he will join a team from the MLS.
In 20 appearances for Los Rojiblancos last season, the striker scored 11 goals and provided two assists. His role in the team gradually reduced as the season progressed as newer names like Matheus Cunha stepped into the limelight.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.
Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”
He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.
“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”
The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.
“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”
And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.
“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”
Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.
“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”
“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.
And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.
“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo