Valverde attempts to gloss over Luis Suarez’s ‘poor’ seasonNovember 1, 2017
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has backed out-of-form Luis Suarez to return to his very best this season.
Contrary to last season’s goal scoring exploits, Suarez has been less than prolific with just three goals in 11 games for the Catalan side so far this season.
The Uruguayan striker last scored against Atletico Madrid – five games ago and it has led many to look deeper into his current lack of goals.
Boss Valverde has attempted to defend the former Liverpool man, telling reporters: “I like this version of Suarez a lot and sometimes the goal depends on one more centimetre to the left or to the right.
“I like that they have chances to score. The success or not will come. I liked the team.”
Valverde’s side failed to get past a stern Olympiacos on Tuesday evening, despiteSuarez hitting the crossbar and Lionel Messi coming close.
Barca now have one foot in the last-32 of the Champions League, having remained unbeaten in their opening four group games.
The Catalan side will now prepare to face Sevilla on the weekend, hoping to maintain their lead at the top of the La Liga table.
One sour note for Barca was utility man Sergi Roberto, who suffered a hamstring tear in Greece.
The Spanish international started the game before pulling up around the 35th minute and being replaced by winger Gerard Deulofeu.
A statement on Barca’s official website explained that the youngster had torn his hamstring and will undergo further tests on Wednesday to determine the full extent and length of time unavailable.
Further reports suggest that the 25-year-old will miss around 4-5 weeks of action, meaning he will miss the most of November and December.