Luis Suarez has insisted his phone celebration for Atletico Madrid against Barcelona on Saturday night wasn’t a dig at Ronald Koeman.
The Uruguay international notched against his old side. And he’s boosted his side’s chances of winning La Liga in the process.
Atletico went into the match against Barcelona as favourites to take all three points.
And they did just that, with Diego Simeone’s side outclassing their rivals to boost their hopes of La Liga glory.
Thomas Lemar opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, with Suarez then scoring just before the interval.
Barcelona rallied in the second half but the Catalan titans were unable to earn anything from the game, intensifying the pressure on Koeman’s shoulders in the process.
Suarez was sold by the Dutchman in 2020, having never been given a chance.
But he’s insisted his ‘phone’ celebration wasn’t a dig at Koeman, who was using his mobile in the stands to get instructions down to the bench.
“It was for the people who know I have the same number, so they know I’m still on my phone,” he said.
“It was something I had agreed on with my kids.”
Suarez also clasped his hands together in prayer with his eyes closed, as though asking Barcelona fans for forgiveness.
And he admitted that he was never going to celebrate a goal against his old club, despite the difficult nature of his departure.