Luis Suarez’s goal drought not a concern for Barcelona

BILBAO, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 10: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and FC Barcelona at San Mames Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Manager Ernesto Valverde insists that Luis Suarez’s goal drought remains of no concern for him following Barcelona’s 0-0 Champions League draw at Lyon.

The normally prolific Suarez has only found the net twice in his last 10 appearances for Barcelona across all competitions.

Aside from that, the Uruguayan striker has only scored once in his last 17 Champions League matches after again failing to find the back of the net in France for the first leg of Barcelona’s last-16 tie against Lyon.

Despite confessing that the 0-0 draw is “dangerous” for the Blaugrana, however, Valverde revealed he isn’t too concerned over Suarez’s struggles.

“I don’t worry about Suarez’s form and I would be more worried if he hadn’t had any chances to score,” said Valverde, according to Marca.

“That is what a striker is asked to do and if he doesn’t have opportunities then he creates them for his teammates.

“He is fearsome for the opposition, but football is like that and strikers will have these streaks.

“The important thing is to have chances.”

Although the Catalan giants have fared little better than Suarez with just two goals in their last four matches.

But defender Gerard Pique is certain they are improving and backed team-mate Suarez to rediscover his scoring touch.

“The team has improved, although we must still do more,” said Pique.

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“We had chances and it’s true that it was difficult when we tried to score. But I am generally content. I think we’ve improved, but we can improve even more.

“The truth is that we weren’t clinical up front, but that doesn’t overly worry me.

“Those up front have shown over their careers that they can score lots of goals and the ball will end up going in.

“Luis Suarez always scores a lot for us and will keep doing so.

“I’ve been here for many years and we’ve often had a dip in form in February or March. It even happened during the Pep Guardiola days.

“We need to keep going and keep trying to get good results.”

Next up for Barcelona is a trip to Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday afternoon.