Luis Suarez is "blowing up LaLiga" to prove to Barcelona that he is not finished, according to Gustavo Poyet.

Barca made the decision to allow Suarez to leave in the close-season after a successful six-year stay at Camp Nou.

Domestic rivals Atletico Madrid moved swiftly to sign him on a two-year contract in September and have reaped the rewards.

Uruguay international Suarez has scored 12 goals in 15 league games, adding two assists, and his side sat seven points clear at the top of the table heading into the weekend's top-flight action.

His compatriot Poyet, who formerly starred with Real Zaragoza, Chelsea and Tottenham, believes Suarez has been desperate to show he is not past his best, having turned 34 this month.

Discussing why he thinks Atletico are title favourites, Poyet told Stats Perform News: "They took a very important decision which would not be easy for some people.

"It was easy for El Cholo [head coach Diego Simeone], from what I know of him.

"Bringing in Luis Suarez as Barcelona didn't want him, bring him in now. And Luis went with his mentality, 'I will show you who I am'.

"A bit like a Uruguayan I am, 'You don't want me? Am I over? Let’s see!'. 

"And this is blowing up LaLiga."

Leaving Barcelona gave Suarez the push he needed to make changes and give something extra, in the view of Poyet.

He added: "What it shows is that sometimes football players need something different, just something.

"It can be a different treatment or being tougher [on them]. But they need something to react to.

"He was low, not bad, but like the [Barcelona] team, he was low. He needed a new challenge and sometimes it is tough to get it in the same club.

"It can happen with arrival of a new manager, or signing a new player who becomes a rival of yours. There are different ways, but if it does not happen, it looks difficult.

"However, there is no doubt that joining such a special team like Atletico with such a special coach, similar character [to Suarez], you get it and he is showing that extra [effort] needed.

"Sometimes we all need to realise. Get out from the club and notice that you have to do something to change the situation.

"I was not doubtful on his performance, especially playing in that system and having that responsibility.

"I don't forget it that it was him or Diego Costa [playing] at the beginning, sometimes both together. But at the time, Costa had gone, with all the respect to other players, it was only Luis Suarez.

"That also gives him the responsibility on scoring 20 to 30 goals and Luis accepts it in a natural way."

Atletico play away to Cadiz on Sunday and Poyet was asked if he thinks they can finish the job and win the title in the second half of the season.

"I do, for two reasons," he replied. "First, they are very strong, all credit to them, and also, because Real Madrid and Barcelona are currently really poor.

"I don't see any consistency in any of them. Unfortunately, when I look at Barcelona or Real Madrid I don't know what to expect from them, I don't know what is going to happen.

"And that proves it is a year for other teams like Atletico Madrid of El Cholo to go the distance, to actually show they belong at the top without any falling.

"We will see how they can keep it up. We know everything can change with injuries, sending-offs, everything can become really difficult. But no doubts, the main candidate is Atletico Madrid."

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have struggled at Chelsea as they have yet to adapt to the different styles in the Premier League, according to Gus Poyet.

The Germany internationals moved to Stamford Bridge before the start of the season as part of a massive squad overhaul costing upwards of £222million.

Neither player has found top form in England, though, as Chelsea's run of two wins in eight league games saw Frank Lampard sacked as head coach and replaced by Thomas Tuchel.

Werner has nine goals and five assists in 28 games in all competitions this season, with only Tammy Abraham (11 goals and four assists) registering more direct goal involvements for the club. However, the former RB Leipzig star has scored just once in his previous 10 appearances, in a 4-0 FA Cup victory over League Two Morecambe.

Havertz, with five goals and five assists, is the only other Chelsea player to have recorded at least 10 goal involvements in 2020-21, but the reported £72m arrival from Bayer Leverkusen has been outshone in midfield this term by Mason Mount.

Former Leverkusen coach Tayfun Korkut told Sky Sports that Havertz "will probably never be the darling of the supporters because he is not someone who fights", although he insisted the 21-year-old should be given time to show his true quality.

Poyet, who spent four successful years at Chelsea, thinks the early "adrenaline" Havertz and Werner had after their transfers has worn off and that the differing approaches by opposition teams in England is posing them problems.

"I think at the beginning [of the season] it was decent [for Chelsea]," he told Stats Perform News. "I think when you have new players, the adrenaline of these players is incredible. They bring something special to the club, but then to maintain that, especially for young players, is very, very difficult.

"So, there is a period of adrenaline, in which you're going to give a lot. There is a period of adaptation and then there is English football, which even if you think that you know, I promise you, you don't until you are on the pitch every weekend, because every game is a different story, every game is a different challenge.

"Today, you play against a team that they're going to keep the ball, and tomorrow you're going to get a team that is going to play long ball and you're going to have to defend 100 balls in the box. And then the next day, somebody's playing on the break, and the next day somebody plays the same system as you, and then you change and they change. Every game is a different challenge.

"I think it's been tough especially for the youngest ones, especially for [Kai] Havertz and [Timo] Werner. Because you know they're playing now in a low moment and, normally it happens unfortunately for us, the decision to bring something different is by changing the manager."

Former Tottenham midfielder Gus Poyet praised Tanguy Ndombele for helping Spurs reach "another level" this season.

Ndombele struggled in his first season with the Premier League club after arriving from Ligue 1's Lyon for a reported initial fee of £55.45million (€62m).

But the midfielder has looked rejuvenated this term, helping Spurs sit sixth in the table ahead of Thursday's blockbuster clash against defending champions Liverpool.

Poyet, who played for Spurs between 2001 and 2004, said it was impressive how Ndombele had managed to turn his form around.

"From outside, this is an opinion that I hope everybody understands what I'm saying, it looks like it was not that a feeling of him being part of a [Jose] Mourinho team. It was like a conflict in there of ideas," the former Uruguay international told Stats Perform News.

"But it looks to me that this year, after pre-season, Ndombele understands his role perfectly, is playing in a more advanced position, and is really affecting the game in an incredible way.

"Which is probably what Mourinho was trying to convince him last year about certain players getting [settled] very quickly and certain players need a little bit more time.

"And the power, the quality of passing and the goals that he has scored is helping Tottenham to go to another level.

"Because let's remember in that position we were used to seeing [Christian] Eriksen or Dele Alli and now we see Ndombele most of the time, so it's a very good story and he could be a key player for them."

Ndombele scored twice in Tottenham's 4-1 FA Cup win over Wycombe on Monday, becoming the first substitute to score twice in a match for Spurs since Roman Pavlyuchenko against Birmingham City in May 2011.

He has also netted three times in his past two games in all competitions, just two fewer than he scored in his first 52 matches for the club.

Thomas Tuchel being a German coach was a central factor in him being swiftly selected as Frank Lampard's replacement at Chelsea, according to former Stamford Bridge favourite Gus Poyet.

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel will take charge of the Blues for the first time against Wolves on Wednesday, a day on from being confirmed as Lampard's successor.

The struggles of big money signings Kai Havertz and Timo Werner since joining Chelsea during the close season has been cited as a motivation for the club's hierarchy moving to appoint their compatriot Tuchel.

However, Poyet believes a wider trend is at play given the success of a high-pressing style made prominent over recent seasons by the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Ralph Hassenhuttl and Hansi Flick.

"I think, with all respect to Tuchel, it plays a very, very important role that he is German," Poyet told Stats Perform News.

"If he was not German it wouldn't matter that he was coming out of Paris Saint-Germain. I think the German side had a big influence.

"[Now] we need to wait and see you. There is an interesting relationship there with [Chelsea's ex-PSG captain] Thiago Silva, they know each other from the past and the rest, we'll see."

Poyet cautioned that the style the likes of Klopp and Hassenhuttl have become synonymous with can take time to effectively implement at clubs.

Even though Tuchel might not be cut from exactly the same cloth, patience is not a trait in plentiful supply within the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge.

"There are a few Germans that they took a few years, like Klopp, to get the team playing his way," he said.

"Some were quicker, like the Southampton coach [Hassenhuttl]. I don’t remember the Norwich coach [Daniel Farke], sorry, and that shows that we are in a moment where it happens a lot in football.

"Now German coaches are very well seen in Premier League football.

"A team loses their coach and they go and look for a German coach. I don't think there are too many reasons apart from how well a few of them have done.

"Previous to that, everybody we're looking for a Spanish coach because of Pep Guardiola, then the Portuguese because of Jose Mourinho. And now German, because of Klopp, and that's the fashion of football."

Tuchel has established a reputation as one of the sharpest tactical minds in the game, albeit with a foreboding reputation as a man who falls out with his superiors.

For now, Poyet is reserving judgement and does not believe back-to-back Ligue 1 titles, a run to the Champions League final and four major trophies overall at PSG represent cause for huge celebration.

"I think analysing what he's done at Paris Saint-Germain… is it really fair? It's difficult to put it in perspective, you know," he said.

"Unai Emery, won more trophies [five]. Okay, one league less, but the league where he didn't win [2016-17] was because Kylian Mbappe was at Monaco.

"So, analyse the trophies of Paris Saint Germain, they are local trophies. It doesn't say a lot.

"Previously, at Borussia Dortmund, he did okay. The most recognition is for his work with the young players. But apart from that, I think we need to wait and see. I cannot see really a pattern of play.

"So, we'll see, we’ll see how he can get the best out of the German players especially and how well he adapts to English football."

Indeed, if Chelsea really wanted a respected German coach in the dugout, Poyet suggested they should have looked within the Premier League.

"Hassenhuttl. He’s very good," he added.  "I tell you, when they were talking about a German name for a second, I went for Hassenhuttl.

"I know it would be expensive, I don't think Southampton would let him go very cheap, but he knows the league. He proved himself. That would be… well, we don't decide."

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