Antoine Griezmann has been spotted laughing at Luis Suárez after the Uruguayan got replaced by Martin Braithwaite in the 82nd minute of the Barcelona – Espanyol game.
Suárez had scored Barça’s winning goal and seemed quite irritated by the fact that he got subbed off. He completely ignored Quique Setién while walking towards the bench, and it is quite obvious that he was not agreeing with the substitution at all.
One way of taking this footage is that this might be the reason why Suárez is kind of ‘untouchable’ at FC Barcelona even when he consecutively underperforms: he puts a lot of pressure on the coach to be on the pitch.
From another perspective, we can tell that Suárez is showing his competitiveness. This is not the first time that Suárez got frustrated about being subbed off. Similar scenes appeared under Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde – he is just a player that wants to be on the pitch, hungry for goals.
The 33-year-old scored his 195th goal for FC Barcelona, which put him 3rd place in the ‘FC Barcelona top scorers in history’ rankings, ahead of Kubala (194).
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.