Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says he and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez have made peace since last season’s biting incident.
In one of last year’s stories of the season, Suarez was handed a 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic’s arm during a 2-2 draw at Anfield.
Last Sunday the pair reunited in Chelsea’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Reds. That match saw Ivanovic and Suarez cross paths before the former was forced off 30 minutes into the match with a knee injury.
Ivanovic recently spoke to Serbian newspaper Blic about the infamous chomp down of 2013: “Much has been written about when I was bitten by him. Now we have met, greeted, but we all solved (everything) immediately after the previous match.
“Back then he called me by phone almost immediately. So after this match he asked me about my injury, so we really are normal.”
‘Normal’ for Ivanovic has been another season full of staunch defending, crunching tackles and devilish runs up the right-flank. Now, sidelined with injury, Ivanovic’s spot will likely be filled by Cesar Azpilicueta, who Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has frequently deployed on the left-side in favor of the out-of-form Ashely Cole.
For Suarez, bite-gate has strangely proven to be the turning point in his illustrious career. Since returning from suspension the Uruguayan has scored 20 goals in 15 Premier League matches putting him atop the scoring chart, seven goals ahead of second-placed Sergio Aguero.