Luis Suarez didn’t enjoy the best match of his career against Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The world-class Uruguayan, who had scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for Barcelona this season ahead of the clash against Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium, was unusually quiet during the 90 minutes as the Spanish champions slumped to a 3-1 defeat.
The Daily Mail handed Suarez a 6/10 rating for his underwhelming display in Manchester - although that mark seems generous, if anything, after two surprising stats about the forward and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen emerged.
Ter Stegen didn’t cover himself in glory during the match, either. The Germany international will certainly feel he should have done better for Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick.
However, he did everything that Luis Enrique asked of him in terms of building attacks from the back.
Ter Stegen had more touches and passes than Suarez
The 24-year-old, according to Goal, not only had more touches than Suarez against City; he also made more passes than the South American striker.
Ter Stegen registered 45 passes, which was the same number as Lionel Messi and a whopping 22 more than Suarez.
The Barcelona No. 1 also had 50 touches over the course of the 90 minutes; six more than Suarez’s 44.
Touch map - per Goal.com
Here’s the touch map, courtesy of Goal, to prove it…
Man City record a famous 3-1 win
Messi put Barcelona 1-0 up midway through the first half with a cool finish following a swift counter-attack.
However, Ilkay Gundogan equalised in the 39th minute following a mistake by Sergi Roberto, before De Bruyne scored his free-kick five minutes after half-time.
Gundogan then added gloss to the scoreline with his second goal of the night in the 74th minute, although replays suggested Sergio Aguero’s ‘assist’ may, in fact, have been handball.
Guardiola: We beat the world's best team
"Considering the short time we've been together, against the best team in the world, our victory today is so important. Now we have one more game to win," Guardiola was quoted as saying by Sky Sports after the match.
"Our [equalising] goal changed everything for our mood, the players realised the bad moment was over.
"Our players know that during 90 minutes you have bad phases, and we knew that time was over. It was a final for us, not for them.
"I think we showed many, many good things, I am so happy for the players, and they didn't deserve to go six winless.
"We got to know each other better tonight, and we're lucky that if we get through, we won't get Barca in the next round!"
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