September 23, 2021

Suarez Criticizes Koeman

Luis Suarez criticized Ronald Koeman for lack of character while taunting former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu after winning the LaLiga title with Atletico Madrid.

The 34 -year -old was allowed to leave Barca controversially to join local rivals Atletico after his glorious six -year spell at Camp Nou.

Suarez responded by scoring 21 goals in 32 league games for Atletico, including two in the last two league games against Osasuna and Real Valladolid.

His goal against Valladolid secured the league crown for Atletico.

The Uruguay national striker has often expressed how hurt he was to leave Barca and is now beginning to give a fresh look to express his emotions after Atletico emerged LaLiga champions.

Suarez told El Partidazo de COPE: “The cry was a cry of joy. It was because of the situation.

“I am always grateful to Barcelona and will not be against Barcelona, ​​they have given everything and allowed me to the elite level.

“But it is very clear its president (Bartomeu) told everything to the media without contacting me.

“Then at a time when they wanted Leo (Messi) to stay, they used me to convince him, to talk to (Antoine) Griezmann – so why didn’t they contact me when they wanted me to go?

“Or why didn’t the coach come see me and tell me that he didn’t want to expect me because he wanted a different striker?

“Koeman told me that I was not in his plans, then he said‘ if we can’t finish it until tomorrow, you go back into my plans and I expect you to play against Villarreal ’.

“I could see the guy had no character. He wasn’t strong enough to tell me I wasn’t needed. The decision (to sell me) was from the board of directors.

“No one (from Barca management) congratulated me but I almost sent them a picture!” he said.

Suarez added it was “impossible” for him to leave Atletico next season after the club confirmed that he could remain there for the second year of his contract if he wanted to do so.