Luis Suarez’s ‘legs have gone’ as Atletico Madrid striker is substituted at Chelsea having failed to score in 25th straight away Champions League game March 18, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer
talkSPORT host Andy Goldstein believes Luis Suarez’s ‘legs have gone’ as the striker made it 25 away Champions League games without a goal.
The Atletico Madrid man was hauled off by Diego Simeone an hour into their match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
He’d had very little impact on the game by the time he was removed as the Blues’ defence shut out the Spanish side for the entire contest.
Thomas Tuchel’s team won 3-0 on aggregate and it was comfortable for them in the end as they reached the quarter-finals.
Suarez joined Atletico from Barcelona in the summer for a cut-price fee after being deemed surplus to requirements.
It was a move that angered teammate and friend Lionel Messi, but one that was perhaps justified.
He has been prolific in LaLiga, scoring 18 times as they top the table, but in the Champions League he failed to score in seven games.
Suarez has not scored an away Champions League goal since 2015 – 25 games in total.
“My goodness his legs have gone,” Andy Goldstein said on the Sports Bar.
Jason Cundy added: “There was one moment in the first half where he looked like he might get away from Antonio Rudiger and he’s just out-strengthened him.
“He was quicker and stronger. Suarez’s best days are behind him, we know that.
“Would Suarez be playing for Man City, top of the Premier League, right now? No chance. Yet he’s playing for the best side in Spain.
“There’s a lot of things that don’t quite add up.
“Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City in particular must be very encouraged by what they are looking at.
“I know how good Bayern Munich are. They’ve got winners throughout their team but they are not running away with the Bundesliga, which you would have thought.
“PSG – they’ve not had a great season themselves.”
Atletico Madrid have a four point lead over Barcelona and six over rivals Real Madrid.
Former Chelsea player Cundy thinks the English clubs left in the Champions League will be confident of their chances.
“That’s the best side in Spain? Wow Spanish football has fallen down some,” Cundy said.
“I wouldn’t say dead. Over the last 15 or 20 years, Chelsea have played the top Spanish sides, Barcelona and Real Madrid, numerous times when they’ve been top of the tree.
“That is the best that Spanish football has to offer.
“I saw RB Leipzig take on Liverpool last week, that’s the second best that Germany has to offer.
“I think English clubs in this competition should be licking their lips.”