Jose Mourinho says there is just one word to describe Luis Suarez – amazing, writes Tom Hopkinson in the Sunday People.
The Chelsea boss was fiercely critical of the Uruguayan at times last season and particularly the dark arts that are part of his game.
He even went as far as saying Suarez should not have been named player of the season and Edin Dzeko or another Manchester City player, as Premier League champions, should have won it instead.
But after watching Suarez tear England apart with two goals on Thursday , the Portuguese admitted there are two sides to the Liverpool striker’s character – and one of them he absolutely loves.
Mourinho said: “You know, I think there were two periods of Luis Suarez.
“One period before I arrived was the period where he had bad behaviours.
“He had that situation with biting Branislav Ivanovic. He had the suspension for a long period. Obviously, he was criticised.
“After that there is a second part of Suarez, which was this last season.
“And this season, he was voted by the English Football Writers’ Association Player Of The Season.
“So, I think they all recognise that he’s a fantastic player and when his behaviour is OK, people give him credit that he deserves.
“I speak by myself when he dives and when he tries to get penalties out of nothing. I don’t like the situation. But when he plays like he did many, many times this season for Liverpool, and when he plays like he did on Thursday, I have to say, absolutely amazing.
“The commitment, the connection with the players, the connection with his supporters. I have to say, amazing.”
Mourinho refused to condemn the Three Lions despite their exit from the tournament.
Speaking in his role as global football ambassador for Yahoo, he added: “England were not lucky in the draw. For some reason, it’s possible that you have three world champions and three strong teams like Uruguay, Italy and England in the group.
“From the best three or four matches in this competition, England was present in two of them. It means that England did well, played well, competed well, started both matches very well.
“They were not afraid of Uruguay, they were not afraid of Italy.
“They conceded a goal, had a reaction, equalised, and when they equalised with 10 or 15 minutes to go, lots of people for sure thought England could win.
“But they lost and I think the Gods of football, if you can use that expression, were not with England until now, even the Italy match against Costa Rica, where I don’t think many people thought Italy could lose.
“So England was not a happy team. They had two good matches, some good individual performances, but I don’t feel comfortable criticising England because I don’t think they should be ashamed of this situation.”
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