Uruguay striker Luis Suarez surely is happy to suit up once again for his country in a bid to return to the World Cup. Suarez will likely see action as his squad meets powerhouse Brazil on Saturday for the World Cup qualifying.
Suarez should have learned his lesson as he is coming off a nine international game ban and a four-month ban from all football activities following his biting antics back in 2014. In a report by BBC, Suarez missed a total of 640 days of international competition including their loss to Columbia in the 2014 World Cup; the entire 2015 season of Copa America and four matches of the 2018 World Cup qualifying, though he was allowed action in friendlies.
“No-one is going to change the way I play. I am going to have the same attitude. I will still run, still pressure, still argues but with moderation, like I am doing now at Barcelona. I am being more intelligent about a lot of things, trying to take advantage of the situations life is putting in front of me. I have been working on the last few weeks on trying to control my anxiety, my nerves, which people’s euphoria can cause me but I am very relaxed. I know it is special because a lot of time has passed but more than anything I feel like a player who is coming to give the best I can. The only thing I want to do is play with the national side again and enjoy the warmth of the fans,” Suarez said.
Suarez got the irk from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, after colliding with Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup qualifying. Replays of the match showed Suarez lunging on Chiellini in the 79th minute and biting his shoulder. The game would finish in favor of Uruguay, but two days after, FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee handed down the ban on Suarez that took the headlines around the world.
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FC Barcelona reports that Suarez is happy to be back with the team and thanked the people who have shown support to him and to his squad. He stressed that he will continue to work hard to lead Uruguay all the way to the finals of the World Cup.
“I am very happy to be back with the national team. It’s a special feeling because of all the support I received from a lot of people. I hope to thank everyone by doing a good job on the field, by helping Uruguay win, and by making people happy. I’ve been working hard to contain my anxiety and nervousness to avoid any euphoria, but nobody can change the way I play. Although I have learned to be smarter in certain situations. I will give everything on the field in any situation. I’m here to help our close-knit team,” Suarez added.
Suarez has matured with his style of play as what he has proven while playing for FC Barcelona. In his 38 games this season, he has scored 37 goals and he hopes to bring the same kind of intensity when he dons the colors of his country.
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