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M. Suárez: “We can beat Madrid in our stadium with our supporters”

The central midfielder is confident of winning the qualifying tie

Mario Suarez was one of the players who came out of the match against Real Madrid in the worst shape. After feeling the effects of various physical ailments over the course of the past few weeks, he finally broke down during the Cup fixture. “I had been a bit hurt the last few weeks and playing injured. They did an MRI on me and I have a muscular injury in my left groin. I’ll be out for 10 to 15 days,” he commented.

The Atlético de Madrid player appeared convinced that the team can turn the score around, stating that “we’re going to have chances. Our stadium is going to be a pressure cooker. The squad has confidence in itself and is looking forward to that match. We really want to beat them, just like our fans. If we play at 120%, we can do it.”

Mario was confident and excited about the possibility of getting past this round, saying “the team started off well against Real Madrid, but they equalised too quickly. We could have taken a 1-2 lead. The problem is that you can’t let Real Madrid off the hook, as they scored their second goal right afterward. Then they were fortunate to score the third at the end. I think that the match could have ended 1-2 or 2-2. Now we have to fight back and we can do it in our stadium with our supporters.”

With respect to the fact that brand new signing Juanfran got the start, Suárez opined that we weren’t surprised. He’s another member of the squad. I think that he played a good game and helped the team.”

The central midfielder played down the importance of the hard tackle made by Ronaldo on Ujfalusi, highlighting that “it was a tough tackle, a challenge that happens in these types of games. The referee decided to give him a yellow card and there’s no need to keep thinking about it.”

Mario’s injury will keep him out against his former club, Mallorca. He pointed out that “I’ve spoken with several former teammates and I’m going to feel bad about not being able to play in that match. It’s always annoying not to be able to play due to an injury, but it’s even worse when you’re facing your former team. We can’t let any more points get away in our stadium. We have to beat them to try to qualify for Champions League.”