Tabarez: Suarez Cannot Afford Another Biting Incident

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Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez does not expect Luis Suarez to misbehave, with his international ban nearing an end.

Suarez was banned for nine international matches and for four months from all football related activities, for biting Chiellini at the 2014 Fifa world cup.

The Uruguay international’s ban is close to an end, as he will feature in the world cup qualifiers against Brazil and Peru.

Speaking at a news conference, Tabarez said the least he expected was that Suarez would avoid another biting incident.

“He must have feelings and one of the targets we have is to try to get him to only think about football. Nothing else, nothing that may bother him,” he said.

“We will get rid of anything that may disturb a sense of calm. Of course, that would be always speaking with him. That’s the idea we have.

“This is not the right moment, but some serious things have happened, the least we can expect is that they won’t happen again. Just that.

“I recognise how important he is as a player, the symbol he represents for this country, but he arrives to join a team.

“He’ll face teams that know how valuable he is and they’ll do everything they can to limit him, and he has to be fresh, beyond what’s mature and everything else, he needs help and I know that for sure.”

Even without Suarez, Uruguay have started qualifying well – winning three of their four games to sit second in the table.

But the return of a player who has scored 43 goals for his club this season is sure to come as a boost.

“Luis arrives having conquered many things,” Tabarez said.

“And being in a club like Barcelona, a club that has made something of an institution out of a way of playing football, he has become a part of things.

“I know that a lot of people said, ‘How can he go to Barcelona? He’s a Real Madrid kind of player. He can’t play that way.’

“Perhaps they were right about their comments, but Luis showed once again that he overcomes challenges.

“Obviously I think that the numbers show what he’s done. He’s conquered challenges.”

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