Most importantly, Real Madrid are threatening to create an early gap, their 6-1 thrashing of Mallorca taking their lead to two points at the top of the table and their goal tally to 21 goals in six games, 10 more than the next best in the division.
Suarez’s 21 goals were the driving force but there have been concerns about the Uruguayan this season, his fitness, sharpness and ability to stoke the fires that burned so bright after his bitter departure from Barcelona.
Atletico can still defend – they have conceded five times in their opening seven games – and their knack of snatching points in the dying minutes remains very much intact.
He will know time is not on his team’s side either, particularly in the cases of Griezmann and Felix, who have less credit with Atletico’s supporters than they would like.
On Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti's team play at home to Villarreal - who are unbeaten but have drawn four out of their first five games - after Atletico play away at bottom club Alaves earlier in the day.
Unlike Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico were bolstered not weakened in the summer transfer window, with Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo de Paul arriving and the framework of last season’s side left almost entirely untouched.
Barca sit seventh, seven points off the lead, with games against Benfica in the Champions League and Atletico Madrid coming up next week They would quickly surrender first place to Real Madrid, who put six past Mallorca a day later, but the sight of Suarez settling games again rekindled memories of what took Atleti to the title three months ago..Read Full Story