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Atletico Madrid delighted with Luis Suarez's adaptation

David Villa arrived as a superstar at Atletico Madrid back in 2013 after a glittering spell with Barcelona, and he instantly brought an air of class to Los Colchoneros. Fast forward seven years and feelings from Luis Suarez's adaptation period in the Spanish capital are reminiscent of what the Spaniard gave.

Playing alongside Diego Costa brought out the best in the former Valencia forward, and he was an integral part of the LaLiga Santander title success that came at the end of the 2013/14 season.

Both Suarez and Villa arrived with the profile of a player who has won every trophy available to them, and their arrivals gave Los Rojiblancos the sensation of rubbing shoulders with the aristocracy of European football.

Only Suarez was ever able to get amongst Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Pichichi race with the iconic duo in their prime, and he is still seemingly hungry to succeed after being discarded by the Blaugrana.

There isn't a sense of an inflated ego on the part of the former Liverpool forward; his superior career hasn't given him an air of entitlement within the Atleti dressing room.

Suarez has arrived at the club, settled into a new environment and just put his head down and worked hard. As a result, we have seen the benefits on the pitch.

Joao Felix has had the attacking pressure taken off his shoulders by the Uruguayan, and this has brought out the natural talent that the Portuguese player possesses.

After paying such an incredibly high club-record transfer fee for the Portuguese prodigy, Joao Felix's debut season was seen as a disappointment.

Yet, Suarez doing a lot of the unpleasant work as a centre-forward has allowed Joao Felix to control games and contribute from a slightly withdrawn central role.

The 2020/21 season was always going to be tough, as the sheer number of matches being condensed into a shorter period of time has made it difficult for players to do much effective work on the training ground.

Furthermore, this in theory should have made it more difficult for a player to adapt to a new environment, yet Suarez has had no such difficulty.

He left the Camp Nou with such a bad taste in his mouth that he has cut an even more determined figure in Madrid, and he's proving to be a model example for his new teammates

Source: Marca / David G. Medina

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