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Messi and Griezmann would face competition, says Koke

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Luis Suarez suits like a glove, and even Lionel Messi and former star Antoine Griezmann will face high-flying Atletico Madrid spot competition, Koke says.

The new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman found Uruguay striker Suarez to be surplus to requirements and joined Atleti for a small fee, despite being third on the Blaugrana’s all-time goalscorers list.

Suarez has five goals and one assist for his new club from six La Liga games, while he has created four opportunities for his team-mates and reached the mark with eight of his 22 shots on goal, including blocked shots.

With two games in hand on the two sides above them in the table, it is formed that has helped undefeated Atleti to third in the table with two games in hand, and after the international break, they will meet Barca at home.

The arrival of Suarez has allowed others in the squad, such as Joao Felix, Angel Correa, and Marcos Llorente, to flourish, says Atleti midfielder Koke.

“In [our] game, a radical shift hit us,” he told Cadena Ser. “[Having Suarez] in some circumstances leaves Joao, Correa, and Llorente free. He suits us like a glove.”

One player Suarez has had minimal playing time with is Diego Costa, with a left thigh injury suffered last month with his fellow Atleti forward out.

“Asked about the link-up, Koke added:” They are two fantastic forwards and together they have to adapt. The team plays well and has more attack solutions.

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