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Simeone defends misfiring Suarez amid La Liga goal drought

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The Uruguayan has enjoyed a productive season in front of goal but he has been lacking sharpness in the last couple of games.

Luis Suarez “will come close to scoring” in Atletico Madrid’s final two La Liga games, says Diego Simeone as he defends the striker amid his goal drought.

Suarez missed several chances against Real Sociedad, with one of them being him lifting his shot over the bar after being played clear by Koke. Fortunately for him, Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa had their shooting boots on as they struck to hand Atleti a 2-1 win.

The former Barcelona man, who has 19 goals from 30 appearances in the league, has now failed to score in his last seven games in La Liga.

“For us, he is decisive, and for these two remaining games he will find what he is looking for,” Simeone said in his post-match press conference, via Marca.

“Football, in the long run, ends up rewarding effort and he is [putting in the effort]. In these two games he will come close to scoring.”

Wednesday’s win edge closer to La Liga title, with now only three points needed for them to clinch their first league crown since 2013/14.

“We knew we had to win against an opponent who are very good away from home,” Simeone added.

“We had a great first half and even the second half as well, but in this finely balanced end of the season, and their goal, made us suffer unfairly in the last minutes.”