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Ernesto Valverde defends Luis Suarez and says Barcelona striker ‘looks good’

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Despite evidence to the contrary

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Ernesto Valverde has defended striker Luis Suarez after some less than impressive pre-season performances from the Barcelona striker.

The Uruguayan was off the pace in the Supercopa de Espana and also could not find the back of the net in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Boca Juniors.

However, Valverde does not appear to be worried by his top striker’s shaky form.

“Luis is fine,” he said. “He’s only just coming back from his [post-World Cup] break, so he’s gradually getting up to speed, but he looks good.”

“He was criticised at the start of last season, too, because he was struggling to score goals regularly. But when he starts [scoring] he doesn’t stop.

”Luis is a goalscorer, he’s aggressive in the area... We know what he gives us. Regardless of his success [in front of goal], the fight is always there. He has that. Goals are a question of patience and perseverance.”

Source | ESPN

Suarez started last season slowly too which brought plenty of criticism. However, he still ended the campaign with 31 goals in all competitions for Barcelona.