Luis Suarez says Atletico Madrid suffered in the league this season and that he had not expected such to happen.
Suarez said this amid a tense La Liga title race which has gone right down to the final day.
Atletico Madrid sits two points clear of Real Madrid with only one game left and winning their last game means that Diego Simeone’s side will lift their first domestic crown since 2013-14.
The Uruguayan admitted it has been a difficult journey despite scoring crucial goals in the Rojiblancos’ rise to the top of the standings.
Suarez left Barcelona for Atletico Madrid last summer.
“I don’t think we deserve to suffer as much as we ended up doing because we had one of our best halves of the season,” Suarez told reporters.
“We missed lots of chances, including me. We have to get used to suffering in order to win La Liga and that’s what happened.
“Everyone says that [suffering] is Atletico’s thing. I didn’t think there was as much [suffering] like this!
“But anyway, the effort, the sacrifice that this team is making… there are lots of people working to achieve our goals. Now it’s time to enjoy it, stay calm and prepare for the week ahead.”