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Luis Suarez brilliantly proves why the law of assists needs changing

The moment of genius needs acknowledging even if the official statistics won't

Lionel Messi rightly stole the headlines last night after another impeccably virtuoso display against Spurs.

Did anyone really expect anything different?

But some acknowledgement has to go to his partner in crime Luis Suarez too.


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Telepathic understanding

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Telepathic understanding

The record books won’t report an official Suarez assist for either of Messi’s two strikes at Wembley despite the Uruguayan being the creative mastermind behind both.

Instead, they’ll simply go to Jordi Alba by virtue of the Spanish full back being the last player to touch the ball prior to Messi sticking it in the back of the net.

Firstly, Suarez had the presence of mind to dummy Alba’s pull back knowing fully well the Argentine freak of nature was waiting behind him to slot past Hugo Lloris.

And there was more evidence of Suarez and Messi’s telepathic understanding later on.

As the clock ticked towards the 90th minute, Alba again won the ball back high up the field and played a pass towards Suarez.

The Uruguayan weighed up his options, opting to step over the ball again with Messi eagerly waiting completely unmarked behind him.

Alba plays it into Suarez’s feet

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Alba plays it into Suarez’s feet

And brilliantly steps over it knowing Messi is in acres of space behind him

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And brilliantly steps over it knowing Messi is in acres of space behind him

All Messi had to do was apply the simplest of finishes, making it 4-2 and killing the game off for good.

So is it time to change the law of assists?

Is it fair this exquisite piece of vision from Tom Carroll below constitutes one when neither action from Suarez doesn’t?

Too much for Spurs

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Too much for Spurs

Suarez probably won’t care one bit, but I do and that’s all that matters.


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