Luis Suarez will play against Sevilla on Sunday. Diego Simeone was clear about this when asked about the player.
The Estadio Wanda Metropolitano will have the opportunity to enjoy, for the last time, a striker who will go down in the club’s history with 34 goals in just 81 games.
With Suarez still deciding his future, Diego Simeone‘s press conference words sounded like a farewell.
“I had a talk with Luis in mid-November,” Simeone said, when asked about Suarez‘s position at the club.
“It was long, hard, sincere. We both talked about what each of us saw going forward, and what we are going to need from him.
“From that talk until today, we’ve each respected absolutely everything we talked about.
“I am grateful to Luis Suarez, for what he meant. Tomorrow [Sunday], he will play.
“Last season was tremendous. This season he is still the top scorer.”
This season has been somewhat different for Suarez, compared to last. Perhaps the Uruguayan has not had the minutes he expected, but his behaviour, his ability to pull things together and even his goals have been highly valued by the coaching staff and the club.
Luis Suarez will step onto the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano pitch for the last time as an Atleti player on Sunday and Simeone wants him to be given a proper send-off.
After arriving last season as Atletico took advantage of Barcelona‘s decision to move the forward on, hopes were high for him from within the club, but perhaps no one thought he could reach the level he ended up hitting and staying at for so long.
He brought his winning DNA to the club, he brought the necessary cool head at key moments and he was decisive in the unforgettable games against Osasuna and Real Valladolid at the end of last season. His goals in the final minutes of both games will always be remembered fondly by Atletico fans.
Now, with two games left to play, it should be pointed out that Suarez still has 11 LaLiga Santander goals this season, despite being in the shadows of Antoine Griezmann, Joao Felix and even Angel Correa.
“He will score goals until he dies,” said a grateful Simeone of his forward.
Atletico Madrid’s line-up vs Sevilla
On the penultimate matchday, Simeone will only make a couple of changes to his XI. The aforementioned Luis Suarez will be joined by Griezmann up front.
In addition, in front of Jan Oblak will be Marcos Llorente, Stefan Savic, Jose Maria Gimenez and Reinildo as defenders. In midfield, Rodrigo de Paul, Koke, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Yannick Carrasco are expected to play.