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Suarez piles distress on former membership as Atletico sees off Barcelona


Soccer – LaLiga – Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain – October 2, 2021 Atletico Madrid’s Luis Suarez in motion with FC Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong REUTERS/Sergio Perez

MADRID – Former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez heaped extra distress on his previous membership as Atletico Madrid claimed a 2-0 La Liga victory over the Catalans on the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

First-half strikes from Thomas Lemar and Suarez have been sufficient for the champions to safe all three factors and heap strain on Barca’s beleaguered boss Ronald Koeman.

Barca has received only one recreation in its final six in all competitions as its early season struggles present no indicators of easing.

“We’re struggling, I’m going to be trustworthy with you,” Barca defender Gerard Pique mentioned.

“We began properly sufficient, we have been courageous, however then they create two an identical conditions and scored twice – whereas we may’ve performed for 3 hours and never scored.

“It isn’t one downside, there are a number of. Folks can see what we lack. However we’ll get better. They’re tough occasions, numerous us haven’t skilled this earlier than. We wish to flip it round however it isn’t straightforward.”

Atletico began the brighter and went shut by way of Lemar and Joao Felix efforts from the sting of the field earlier than the Frenchman opened the scoring within the twenty third minute.

Felix fed Suarez, who performed a superb ball not far away to ship Lemar by way of and he powered his effort previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Suarez then missed an excellent likelihood to double the lead moments later as he skewed a one-on-one effort broad, however made no mistake on the stroke of halftime after Lemar returned the favor to tee him up.

Barca’s greatest alternative to get again into the sport fell to Philippe Coutinho, nevertheless, the Brazilian’s tame effort was comfy saved by Jan Oblak.

The victory moved Atletico degree with desk toppers Actual Madrid, who journey to Barca’s metropolis rivals Espanyol on Sunday, on 17 factors from eight video games.

Barcelona, in the meantime, sits ninth with 12 factors having performed a recreation fewer.

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