Luis Suarez stated he was grateful to Atletico Madrid for “trusting in me” as his profitable aim helped them edge metropolis rivals Actual Madrid to the La Liga title in dramatic trend.

Diego Simeone’s males trailed to Oscar Plano’s strike for Actual Valladolid however they turned the match round within the second half by an Angel Correa aim and Suarez’s coolly taken effort.

Though Actual scored twice late on to beat Villarreal 2-1, they got here up brief as they wanted Atletico to drop factors.

Uruguay striker Suarez began the season being informed by Barca boss Ronald Koeman he was not in his plans for this season however went on to attain 21 league objectives – together with the decisive one.

A tearful Suarez stated afterwards: “I’m delighted the best way Atletico have appreciated me and given me the prospect to maintain displaying I can carry out on this stage. I thank them for trusting in me. Lots of people have suffered with me, my spouse, my kids.

“I’ve been taking part in soccer for a few years and that is the 12 months my household and I’ve suffered essentially the most. It’s a tremendous feeling to have carried out on the ultimate day of the season.”

Atletico clinched their first title in seven years – and eleventh general – by ending two factors forward of defending champions Actual, who finish the season with out a trophy.

Barcelona – taking part in with out skipper Lionel Messi, who was resting earlier than the summer time’s Copa America – won 1-0 at Eibar by Antoine Griezmann’s acrobatic strike and clinched third place forward of Sevilla.

Julen Lopetegui’s facet play their ultimate league recreation on Sunday in opposition to Alaves however will end fourth even with a victory due to an inferior head-to-head file in opposition to Barca.

Atletico Madrid players celebrate
Atletico Madrid claimed their eleventh La Liga title

‘Atletico is a large membership’

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez ran clear to attain his twenty first La Liga aim of the season for Atletico Madrid

The title race was arrange for an exhilarating conclusion and it didn’t disappoint.

Injured Actual skipper Sergio Ramos celebrated within the stands as information filtered by of Atletico falling behind, however the Spain defender was subdued simply two minutes later when Yeremi Pino flicked in a aim for Europa League finalists Villarreal in opposition to the defending champions.

With each Madrid sides behind on the break, Simeone and Zidane wanted to provide inspiring staff talks.

Within the second half, Karim Benzema thought he had equalised for Actual when he powered in a header however whereas VAR checked the aim – and dominated it out – Atletico levelled by Correa’s good end to place them on the verge of glory.

Benzema, who has earned a recall to the France squad for the summer time’s European Championship, dragged extensive from a promising place and seconds later Suarez ran clear and transformed calmly to place Atletico 2-1 up.

Simeone stated: “The world goes by a unique part proper now so if we may give some pleasure to individuals it means a lot to us. Thirty-two gamers I believe have been concerned, each one as necessary as the opposite. I’m extraordinarily grateful.”

Suarez added: “My work is to assist the staff and pay them again by scoring objectives. Generally it’s essential to push even tougher however Atletico is a large membership and we now have proven it this season – we now have been essentially the most common performer and that’s the reason we’re the champions now.”

Though Benzema curled in an equaliser on 87 minutes and Modric scored an injury-time winner for Actual, it was not sufficient as Atletico gamers celebrated on the pitch with some travelling followers gathered outdoors the stadium in Valladolid.

Reportsexternal-link final week stated Zidane has informed the Actual gamers he’ll go away on the finish of the season however the Frenchman stated he’ll talk about his future with the membership.

“Proper now, we have to be relaxed after which when issues have calmed down within the subsequent few days I will discuss to the membership, and that is that, however right now’s not the day,” stated Zidane.

“Quickly we’ll see what occurs, not solely with me however with the whole lot the membership is planning for subsequent season. You (the media) have stated it already – we did not win something this 12 months and we all know what we now have to do at this membership.”

Atletico Madrid fans celebrate
Atletico Madrid followers celebrated their facet’s title triumph outdoors the Jose Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid

No stopping Suarez – the stats

  • Atletico are champions of Spain for the eleventh time. Solely Actual Madrid (34) and Barcelona (26) have claimed extra La Liga titles.
  • Diego Simeone joins fellow Argentine Helenio Herrera (4) and Uruguayan Enrique Fernandez (3) because the non-European managers to win La Liga on a number of events.
  • Luis Suarez has reached 20+ La Liga objectives for the fifth time in his seven La Liga campaigns (16 in each 2014-15 and 2019-20).
  • Suarez joins David Villa and Arda Turan in profitable the La Liga title at each Atletico and Barcelona.


Actual Valladolid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Masip
  • 18JankoSubstituted forHervíasat 82′minutes
  • 4Olivas Alba
  • 15El YamiqBooked at 70mins
  • 25Olaza
  • 10Plano
  • 17MesaSubstituted forHerrero Javaloyasat 62′minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 20San Emeterio DíazBooked at 78minsSubstituted forPérezat 82′minutes
  • 19Villa SuárezSubstituted forNeves Filipeat 62′minutes
  • 9Weissman
  • 16de Sousa MendonçaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forGuardiola Navarroat 62′minutes


  • 2Pérez
  • 5Sánchez de Felipe
  • 7Guardiola Navarro
  • 8Pérez
  • 11Hervías
  • 21Herrero Javaloyas
  • 22Martínez García
  • 23Rubio
  • 24Fernández
  • 26Pérez
  • 40Neves Filipe

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Oblak
  • 23Trippier
  • 18FelipeBooked at 83mins
  • 2Giménez
  • 22HermosoBooked at 68minsSubstituted forLodi dos Santosat 63′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 14LlorenteSubstituted forKondogbiaat 79′minutes
  • 6Koke
  • 8SaúlBooked at 68minsSubstituted forSequeiraat 63′minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 10CorreaSubstituted forHerreraat 85′minutes
  • 9Suárez
  • 21Carrasco


  • 1Grbic
  • 4Kondogbia
  • 5Torreira
  • 7Sequeira
  • 12Lodi dos Santos
  • 16Herrera
  • 19Dembele
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 24Vrsaljko

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