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Angels Links: Barca’s Luis Suarez conundrum

Also is Messi done with Argentina?

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Luis Suarez appears to be in decline, and it’s only going to get worse

Luis Suarez is a phenomenal player, and he has had a good stint at Barcelona after really breaking out at Liverpool. It could argued that Suarez is the best attacking partner that Lionel Messi has ever had, and they are very close both on and off the pitch. Despite the teams great season last year, Suarez hit a real rough patch, scoring only three times in his first 15 games, and one goal in his last 12 Champions League matches. Given Barcelona’s struggles in the Champions League recently (relatively speaking, that is) Suarez has struggled to lead the line for them. And being 32 and coming off a knee injury, he’s not likely to get better going forward. Graham Hunter of ESPN dives into Barcelona’s Luis Suarez problem.

Argentina coach unsure if Lionel Messi will pay for his country again

Lionel Scaloni, the interim Argentina manager, is unsure whether or not Lionel Messi will ever play for Argentina again. Messi has indicated that he will skip the friendlies in September, and is unlikely to play again for Argentina in 2018. As for beyond that, well that future is cloudy. “Honestly, we have not spoken about what will happen in the future”, Scaloni said when asked about Messi’s future. Argentina are in tough spot. Many of their star players are aging out, and rebuilding around what youth they have is probably prudent. On the other hand, they have arguably the greatest player ever, and arguably should try and convince him to keep playing internationally for as long as he can.

Manchester City’s options for trying to weather the Kevin De Bruyne injury

Manchester City and the Premier League took a big hit last week when Kevin De Bruyne suffered a knee injury in training. It is serious too, with De Bruyne expected to be out for three months. But Manchester City are stacked with talent and depth, and one of the most tactically flexible managers in the world in Pep Guardiola. Even if there is no like for like replacement for De Bruyne, Pep is surely cooking up strategies to move forward. Andi Thomas of SB Nation has 5 ways that Man City can cope with the loss for Kevin De Bruyne.

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