Ernesto Valverde lauded Luis Suarez’s resolve after silencing his critics by scoring the opening goal during Barcelona’s 2-0 La Liga win at Getafe.
After an abysmal performance against Villarreal on Tuesday, Suarez’s return to form on Saturday helped Barcelona grab a first away win in La Liga this season at Getafe.
The former Liverpool striker, who was subjected to whistles at Camp Nou in the Villarreal game, broke the deadlock just four minutes before the break by latching on to Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s through ball to lob it over Getafe keeper David Soria.
It ended a three-match scoreless run for Suarez and put a stop to all the criticism that’s come his way lately as well.
“Goalscorers sometimes score and sometimes they don’t, but Luis always perseveres,” Valverde told reporters on Suarez.
“He fought for a long ball and was rewarded.”
Junior Firpo, who joined the Blaugrana from Real Betis in the summer for €18m, bagged his first goal for the club to seal a 2-0 victory.
Therefore, Barcelona have climbed up to fourth place in La Liga and they’re just two points shy of leaders Real Madrid.
“It was important not to make mistakes early on like we have done in other games,” continued Valverde.
“That was fundamental. The goal calmed us down and, from there, we imposed ourselves well. We didn’t give much away and had chances to score more.
“If you want to win La Liga you have to win a lot of games away from home, not just your home games. Getafe were a tough rival, it’s a hard place to come and we’ve played well. Now we have three days to prepare for Inter.”
Suarez will have to come up with the goods again on Wednesday for Barcelona’s game against Inter Milan.
Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele are both doubtful for the Champions League encounter with thigh injuries. So, Carles Perez and Antoine Griezmann will likely partner Suarez up front again.