Simeone hails ‘defiant’ Suarez as Atletico seal league title

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hails Luis Suarez and known as him ‘a man of character’ after his aim secured the facet’s La Liga triumph with a 2-1 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday.

Suarez started the season crying after being
pressured out of Barcelona however ended it together with his twenty first aim of the season incomes
Atletico a primary league triumph since 2014, this one on the expense of Real

“It was exhausting final summer season, the best way that
Barcelona despised me, under-appreciated me,” mentioned Suarez. “Atletico
opened the door to provide me the possibility to point out that I may nonetheless be a

Coach Simeone mentioned of his evergreen 34-year-old striker: “Suarez is a man of character. He’s defiant, he’s a goalscorer.”

A trophy-less season for Real means extra
questions can be requested of coach Zinedine Zidane’s future. “I’ll talk about
with the membership within the subsequent few days, quietly. But not now. We will see within the
subsequent few days,” mentioned the Frenchman.

Atletico knew victory would assure them
the title no matter what Real Madrid did at house to Villarreal nevertheless it was
by no means comfy, with Valladolid taking a shock early lead.

Real Madrid have been behind too for many of the
afternoon however Karim Benzema equalised within the 87th minute and Luka Modric even
scored a late winner for 2-1 at Valdebebas, leaving Atletico hanging on on the
finish, as they have been all of the sudden one aim away from squandering all of it.

When the ultimate whistle blew, the gamers
ran onto the pitch, Suarez beneath a pile of crimson and white shirts, with
Europe’s most nerve-wracking and unpredictable title race lastly full.

Just over per week in the past, Simeone mentioned this was
the “Suarez Zone” and so it proved, the Uruguayan scoring the winner
towards Osasuna final week to maintain the title in Atletico’s arms after which once more
on the final day to place their title on the trophy.

This is just the second time in 17 years
{that a} group aside from Barcelona or Real Madrid have gained the title, with Atleti
claiming the opposite one below Simeone in 2014.

Atletico went into the sport having been high
since December.

But they’ve achieved nothing the straightforward means
this season, with their 10-point lead in February minimize to 2 in May and their
place on the high counting on quite a few slip-ups from each Real Madrid and

So it was apt that confronted with beating Real
Valladolid, who have been nineteenth within the desk, they nonetheless needed to scrape over the road.

Suarez had a few early openings however
any hopes for a cushty afternoon have been dashed within the 18th minute when
Valladolid took the lead.

It got here from an Atletico nook as Yannick
Carrasco misplaced the ball and Valladolid broke at pace, pinging passes by
midfield and eventually by to Oscar Plano, the previous Real Madrid teenager
who pulled away and fired previous Jan Oblak.

There was loads of time left and the opposite
comfort for Atletico was Real Madrid fell behind too, Gerard Moreno’s poked
cross inflicting confusion on the again, with Yeremi Pino prodding Villarreal into
the lead.

Atletico pushed as Suarez’s effort curled
huge and Felipe headed straight at Jordi Masip however in addition they seemed for calm.

Both title contenders have been trailing at half-time
however Atletico got here out with renewed vigour and a vital couple of minutes fell their

Real Madrid struck first, Benzema heading
in Casemiro’s cross earlier than Angel Correa levelled for Atletico as nicely,
amassing on the sting of the world and firing by the legs of Jawad El

Atletico’s equaliser, although, was made all
the extra treasured after Real Madrid’s was dominated out, Benzema’s left arm proven
to be offside by VAR.

Valladolid might need scored once more however Shon
Weissman headed over with the aim gaping after which Atletico took the lead, a
present of a pass-back by Sergi Guardiola permitting Suarez to skip clear.

Suarez slid the ball previous Masip earlier than
ending up below a pile of Atletico teammates.

Real Madrid equalised within the 87th minute,
Benzema curving a pleasant end into the highest nook and it was nonetheless not
over, Modric scoring once more to depart Atletico with some nail-biting ultimate
moments. They received over the road.

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