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Suarez berates Barcelona coach, Ronald Koeman, over lack of character


Atletico Madrid striker, Luis Suarez, has berated his former club Barcelona’s head coach, Ronald Koeman, suggesting that the Dutchman lacks character.

The Uruguayan recently won the Spanish La Liga title with Atletico after he was only forced out of Barcelona after Koeman had told Suarez that he was not in his plans, according to Marca.

Reflecting on the 2020/21 season, the 34-year-old who joined Diego Simeone’s Rojiblancos and went on to score the goal that won Atleti the trophy told El Partidazo about his emotions on the final day of the season.

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The former Liverpool striker said, “My tears were tears of happiness. I’m not going to go against Barcelona.

“It was because of the situation, I’ll always be grateful to them because they’ve given me everything and allowed me to play at the elite level.

“But the president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] said everything he spoke to the press instead of calling me. When they wanted Leo [Messi] to stay, they called me to convince him. They called me to talk to [Antoine] Griezmann… so why couldn’t they have called me when they wanted me to leave?

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“Then the coach [Ronald Koeman] came to tell me that he doesn’t have me in his plans because he wants another kind of No.9. But Koeman said ‘they told me to tell you’. After leaving me out for three games he then said ‘if things aren’t resolved, I’m going to count on you against Villarreal’. That’s when I realised that he didn’t have a lot of character. He wasn’t a coach, it all came from above.”

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