Last weekend the 26 year old showed his softer side by coming onto the pitch for the pre-match handshakes against Crystal Palace with new-born son Benjamin and three-year-old daughter Delfina, and he believes his family are a steadying influence for him on the field.
"I am aware that in recent matches that I played I've been calmer," he said on his return to Uruguay ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers.
"I am very self-critical and I realised that playing well, with more tranquillity, is helping me a lot.
"I realise and I prefer to continue and not be the same as before."
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