Suarez ends Barça’s dream in LaLiga and Rakitic complicates his mission in the Copa
The most optimistic fans of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona would not have expected that the former Barca striker Luis Suarez would present this legendary performance and lead the “Atlété” steadfastly for his first title in the competition since 2014.
In order to increase the sorrow and anger of the “Barca” fans – who were counting on the Copa title for not leaving a new “zero” season – the team’s task was complicated by crossing into the final by losing 2-0 to Sevilla, and the second goal came at the killer time, from Ivan Rakitic, the former player of the Catalan team.
In the event that “The Rojiblancos” wins the Spanish championship title this season, the first credit will return to the goals scored by Suarez and made him the top scorer in league with 16 goals in 17 LaLiga matches, 3 goals ahead of his friend, former colleague Lionel Messi.
It seems that Suarez has something to prove and wants to send a message to Barcelona management and coach Ronald Koeman that the one “you give up will award the title to your opponent”.
Suarez left Barcelona to go to Atlético for free during the summer transfer period to reduce the big “bill” of wages for the team players and because of doubts about his performance at his best level.
Throughout his career, the player has proven people wrong about him – continues to do so with Diego Simeone’s men.
This is for the La Liga title. As for the Copa, Rakitic’s goal came to make it difficult for Barca in the semi-final second leg of the “Camp Nou”, as the goal represented a bullet of mercy on the efforts of Messi and his companions to return in the result and get out, even at a draw that would help them in the second leg.
On the match against Sevilla in the cup, Koeman stressed that his team would not surrender. “We played well and created several chances to score. I think the result does not reflect what happened on the field. We are in a good moment, and we will continue to fight,” he said.