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Uruguay coach lavishes praise on 'more mature' Suarez

AFP  |  Yekaterinburg (Russia) 

Luis has "matured a great deal" and is primed to lead Uruguay's assault on the World Cup, said on the eve of their opening game in

striker Suarez, a controversial figure who has had numerous run-ins with authorities throughout his career, was thrown out of in and subsequently banned for biting Italian defender

It was his third biting ban and cemented his place as one of the bad boys -- albeit a supremely talented one -- of world

But now 31 and happily settled and scoring goals at the Camp Nou, Tabarez believes are seeing the best of as a and a person.

"Luis is no doubt more mature now and he has matured a great deal," said Tabarez, the 71-year-old veteran who leads a Uruguayan side tipped as possible finalists in by some.

"What happened in is part of real life and of course a lesson to achieve more maturity not only as a but also in other parts of his life, such as his family.

"He's got the right mindset for this and he is meeting all my expectations. In addition to being a great player, he is very smart, very intelligent and we are going to really capitalise on him.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 20:50 IST