“But what happened before the match [against England] I did not want to attack anybody, only some media started making fun of me.
Suarez claimed his two goals against England were revenge for hisperceived, e s mistreatment there, claiming people were “laughingat his attitude” in the buildup to the World Cup.
Asked by Mirror Sport to explain his remarks, particularly when he was voted PFA and FWA footballer of the year for last season, Suarez went on the attack.
“The objective is only to play for Uruguay, to fulfil our ambitions, to go beyond this stage and see how far we get,” he added. . The knee feels good. “You are in the media, you should know what happened and why they did that to me.”
“But of course you can build yourself up and come to the next assignment and this is what I am doing. I guess this is very obvious and even the people in the Premier League voted for me, and then if the papers vote for me as well that is sensational,” he said. “I was the other day really at the limits of my physical capacity and, for the last match of Liverpool, I was full of cramps and I was tired.
“I have certainly not set my sights on being the best player at the World Cup.”
“Everybody knows that I was elected the best player of the year. It’s not in perfect shape, but after surgery you need time to see the reaction, particularly having played so much and been the object of a lot of attention.
LUIS SUAREZ is ready to subject Italy to the same one-man demolition job that sank England.
Byline: FROM DAVID McDONNELL in Natal
GROUP D: Italy v Uruguay 5pm
But Suarez, who scored 31 goals in 33 league games for Liverpool last season, said he has no desire to be the best player in Brazil.
Suarez’s match-winning display in Uruguay’s 2-1 win over England defied belief, coming 26 days after the operation that cast doubt upon his participation in the World Cup.
All-time head to head: 2 Italy wins, 3 Uruguay wins, 4 drawsManagers: Italy: Cesare Prandelli Uruguay: Oscar Tabarez Referee: Marco Rodriguez (Mex) Weather forecast: Heavy rain, 26C, Humidity 88%, 14mph Wind TV: ITV from 4pm GROUP D Probable teamsItaly: Buffon, Bonucci, Barzagli, Chiellini, Damian, Deseglio, Marchisio, Pirlo, Verratti, Immobile, Balotelli Uruguay: Muslera, Caceres, Gimenez, Godin, A Pereira, Gonzalez, Arevalo, Rodriguez, Lodeiro, Suarez, Cavani Das Dunas, Natal
Suarez will aim to repeat his heroics against Italy today, when the two nations meet for a place in the last 16.
“If it didn’t feel good, I would tell the coach that I wasn’t available, but I feel good now.”
Suarez’s exploits against England confirmed his status as one of the world’s best players, with both Real Madrid and Barcelona chasing the PS65million-rated star.
The Liverpool striker, who is looking more likely to leave Anfield with every passing day, admitted he was at the limit of his physical capacity before undergoing knee surgery.
HE’S CHIN THE MOOD Suarez telling the media yesterday he is in good shape and (below) after winner against England
But the 27-year-old said he has recovered fully following the England game and is ready to face the Italians.
“I was not really 100 per cent fit and sometimes things turn around,” said Suarez. I am building myself up again for the game against Italy