Suarez upbeat despite lack of goals

 

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.

Full LaLiga 3 January fixtures

 

Atlético de Madrid v Levante Vicente Calderón 17:00
Sevilla v Celta de Vigo Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán 19:00
Elche v Villarreal Martínez Valero 21:00
Deportivo de La Coruña v Athletic Club Municipal de Riazor 23:00
Málaga v Almería La Rosaleda 23:00

 

Pos Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 13 0 2 55 13 42 39
2 Barcelona 16 12 2 2 41 7 34 38
3 Atlético de Madrid 16 11 2 3 31 14 17 35
4 Valencia CF 16 9 4 3 29 13 16 31
5 Villarreal 16 9 3 4 27 14 13 30
6 Sevilla 15 9 3 3 25 17 8 30
7 Málaga 16 9 3 4 20 15 5 30
8 Celta de Vigo 16 5 5 6 17 18 -1 20
9 Eibar 16 5 5 6 19 22 -3 20
10 Espanyol 16 5 5 6 20 24 -4 20
11 Athletic Club 16 5 4 7 14 20 -6 19
12 Getafe 16 4 5 7 12 20 -8 17
13 Rayo Vallecano 16 5 2 9 17 31 -14 17
14 Real Sociedad 16 3 6 7 17 22 -5 15
15 Levante 16 3 6 7 12 30 -18 15
16 Almería 16 3 4 9 13 24 -11 13
17 Deportivo de La Coruña 16 3 4 9 13 27 -14 13
18 Granada CF 16 2 7 7 10 26 -16 13
19 Córdoba 16 1 8 7 11 27 -16 11
20 Elche 16 2 4 10 13 32 -19 10

 

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