Diego Costa has joked his new partnership with Luis Suarez will lead to plenty of “bites and kicks” on the pitch at Atletico Madrid.
Suarez’s arrival already has fans waiting with bated breath for the first time the duo combine given their history for stirring up trouble on the field.
But they were made to wait a little while longer by boss Diego Simeone after Suarez came off the bench in Atletico’s 6-1 win over Granada on Sunday, only to take Costa’s place.
Speaking after the game, though, Costa was no less excited about the prospect of teaming up with the Uruguayan, saying of their impending partnership: “It’s great. One bites and the other kicks.”
He added: “We are very lucky to have Luis, I don’t understand how Barca could have let him leave.
“He’s going to help us with lots of goals as well as his warrior spirit and his hunger to win trophies. I hope he can help us win another trophy for our fans, but we need to take each game as it comes.”
Costa had already done his work for the day, opening the scoring in the ninth minute with a header from Angel Correa’s cross.
By the time Suarez entered the fray Atleti were three goals to the good, thanks to follow-up efforts from Correa himself and Joao Felix.
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Suarez’s impact was immediate though, as he laid on fellow sub Fernando Llorente for Atletico’s fourth just minutes after coming on.
The 33-year-old – who has signed a two-year deal at the club – then opened his account with a looping header from the cross of Llorente, who was returning the favour
A goal from Granada’s Jorge Molina Vidal was little more than a consolation, and Suarez ensured it did not take the shine off the afternoon by adding his second in injury time.
Llorente again turned provider – perhaps a cause for concern for Costa given their already blossoming partnership – as Suarez rattled the upright at the first attempt before tucking home the rebound to round off the scoring.
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Reflecting on his debut, Suarez said: “I’m very happy, first with my official debut and, second with the victory which is what we wanted.
“I’m very happy. I am happy because when I came on were already in control and it was great to enjoy playing in such a great stadium and with great players.
“I believe that what is important and gives you confidence is how the team welcomes you. This is fundamental and very important. This is what I felt here in the game. I want to thank everyone for the support — this will be very important in helping us achieve our goals this season.”
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