Ernesto Valverde ‘not worried’ by Luis Suarez form

Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde has played down fears over Luis Suarez’s form in the Champions League after firing a blank in Lyon.

The Uruguayan striker has not netted in five Champions League games this season and going further back, has just one in his last 17 games in the competition – a run stretching back to 2017.

“It doesn't worry me,” Valverde responded when asked about Suarez’s recent form, as cited by ESPN.

“It would worry me if he wasn't getting chances, which is what you ask for from a centre-forward and [even] if he doesn't have chances, he creates them for his teammates.

“Opponents are frightened of him. He [must] be reserving himself..football is a game of margins. Strikers have runs [of goals] and the best thing is he's getting chances.

“If I see my team miss a lot of chances, it annoys me," the coach added. "But, despite being annoyed, I am relaxed. What I don't like is if we don't have any chances.

“We can't deny that we expected another result given how we played. It's a dangerous [scoreline] because we know that a goal away from home has more value, but we're a strong team at Camp Nou.

“The tie's in the air, everything will be decided in front of our fans.”

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