Valverde backs Luis Suarez to break Champions League goalless streak

Valverde backs Luis Suarez to break Champions League goalless streak

April 4, 2018 Off By James Lassey

Having not scored in any of his eight Champions League games this season, Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde’s is confident front-man Luis Suarez can break his duck.

The Uruguayan has been in brilliant form domestically netting a total 25 goals in all competitions although he has struggled on the European stage.

He has gone 10 Champions League games in total without a goal, his last strike coming in the memorable 6-1 win over Paris Saint Germain over a year ago.

Luck not on his side

Barcelona host Serie A outfit AS Roma in their Champions League Quarter-Final first leg tie at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night and Valverde is confident his striker will end the drought.

Asked in his Pre-match press conference if the 31-year-old’s drought will act as an extra incentive, Valverde hit back: “You should be asking me that question in reverse: Is there ever a game when Luis Suarez is not motivated?

“I don’t think there is. I expect the same motivation as always.

“It’s just unlucky that he’s not scored in the Champions League yet this season.

“The fact he wasn’t scoring was a regular question earlier in the campaign, until he started scoring all the time.

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“The same will happen in the Champions League. He knows where the back of the net is and I hope that once the first one falls, many more will come.”

Patience is a virtue

Suarez made a slow start to his campaign only converting four in his first 10 league games before a goal-scoring run of eight consecutive games catapulted the Catalan giants to the summit of the LaLiga.

Nine points currently separate them from second-place Atletico Madrid and with the chance of winning the Champions League for a sixth time, Valverde’s men will be sure to give their all.

Wednesday’s opponents Roma occupy third place in Serie A, a daunting 18 points off leaders Juventus who lost to Spanish outfit Real Madrid Tuesday night 3-1.

The last time the Italian side made the trip to Catalonia, they fell to a 6-1 defeat where Suarez scored a brace.