Luis Suarez’s performances away from the Camp Nou in the Champions League are now a real concern for Barcelona fans.
Many of them took to social media to criticise the Uruguayan striker on Tuesday night after his latest blank against Lyon - the 16th successive away game in Europe’s premier cup competition in which he’s failed to get on the scoresheet.
Remarkably, Suarez has now gone 1,511 minutes away from home in the Champions League without scoring or even setting up a goal. His last goal on the road came back in September 2015 against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.
An increasing number of disgruntled Barça fans are losing patience with the 32-year-old, who joined the Catalan giants from Liverpool back in the summer of 2014.
Some of them even want to see a new number nine come in to replace Suarez this summer.
Spanish newspaper Marca rated Suarez as the worst Barcelona player on the pitch against Lyon, adding: “It wasn’t his night as he was slow and off colour throughout. He worked tirelessly and tried hard, but without any success.”
That assessment, if anything, seems rather generous about Suarez’s display - which has been described on social media as a ‘disasterclass’.
One fan has compiled Suarez’s individual ‘highlights’ from the match into one two-minute video and it shows just how poor the South American was at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
Watch it here...
When he wasn’t getting dispossessed, misplacing passes, miscontrolling the ball or spurning decent goalscoring opportunities, he wasn’t doing much else.
How he lasted the full 90 minutes, well, only Ernesto Valverde can answer that.
Despite Suarez’s woeful individual performance, though, Valverde backed his striker after the match.
"It doesn't worry me," he insisted, per 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."
But unless he rediscovers his scoring boots, it’s hard to see Barça winning the Champions League this season.News Now - Sport News