Valverde: Luis Suarez guarantees chances

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has received the full backing of his manager ahead of a crunch run of games in the coming weeks. 

The Uruguyan, who was rested from the starting XI for last weekend's La Liga win over Real Valladolid, returned for the Champions League draw away at Lyon on Wednesday night.

The former Liverpool man has been suffering with a dry spell in front of goal in 2019, showing visible signs of frustration, with just five goals in all competitions since the turn of the year, for the 32 year-old.

However Ernesto Valverde has no doubts over his enduring quality within the side.

"Luis Suarez guarantess chances in games, so it would be very difficult to leave him out of the side at any time. 

"Individuals are always put under the microscope, but it is strange as Suarez was scrutinized before this period, even when he was scoring a lot of goals.

Suarez has netted 125 goals in 153 La Liga appearances since arriving at the Nou Camp in 2014, and Valverde issued a reminder of what he has achieved at the club.

"We are talking about the fifth highest scorer in the history of the club.

"I have patience with him and we all need to show patience with him."

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