Suarez up­beat de­spite lack of goals

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA — Barcelona for­ward Luis Suarez is con­fi­dent his scor­ing form will re­turn and he can put a slow start to his de­but sea­son in Spain be­hind him.

Suarez needed eight La Liga games to open his Barca ac­count with a goal against Cor­doba last week­end and has two in three Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ances, a mea­gre re­turn for the player who was Pre­mier League top scorer with 31 goals in his fi­nal cam­paign with Liver­pool.

The Uruguay in­ter­na­tional plays in a three-man attack at Barca with Lionel Messi and Ney­mar and although he has not been as pro­lific as he or coach Luis Enrique would like he has been con­tribut­ing with as­sists and has made four in La Liga and one in Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion.

“I am ob­vi­ously a striker who likes to score a lot of goals and have done that in ev­ery team I have been with,” Suarez said on Barca’s web­site.

“I’m not scor­ing much at the mo­ment but I’m sure that with help from my team­mates the goals will come,” added the 27-year-old, who made his re­turn from a four-month ban for bit­ing an op­po­nent at the end of Oc­to­ber.

“But as long as the team is win­ning im­por­tant games as it is then I’ll be happy whether I score or not.

“A for­ward al­ways has to help the team, ei­ther with as­sists or goals.

“Some­times mak­ing good as­sists or passes makes you feel bet­ter than scor­ing easy goals.”

Barca’s first game af­ter the two-week win­ter break is a La Liga match at Real So­ciedad on 4 Jan­uary be­fore they host Elche in a King’s Cup last-16 first-leg game four days later.

Barca are also through to the Cham­pi­ons League last 16 where they will play Manch­ester City over two legs in Fe­bru­ary and March.

“We didn’t want to meet them, but they didn’t want to meet us ei­ther,” Suarez said.

“We know that we are go­ing to have to beat some strong teams if we want to win the Cham­pi­ons League.

“Beat­ing City is a good tar­get for us and a good chance to show peo­ple why Barcelona are here.”

Barca are sec­ond in La Liga af­ter 16 matches, a point be­hind Real Madrid who have a game in hand. Laliga fix­tures: 3 Jan­uary Atlético de Madrid v Le­vante Sevilla v Celta de Vigo Elche v Vil­lar­real De­portivo de La Coruña v Ath­letic Club Málaga v Almería

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