Luis Suarez is all over the front pages in Spain today after giving interviews to both Mundo Deportivo and Sport.
The striker has not been called up by Uruguay in this international break in a bid to recover from the knee injury that has been bothering him.
Instead Suarez has taken time out to answer questions on a whole host of topics but perhaps the most interesting are his comments on his form this season.
“I am most critical of myself. There have been games when I’ve helped the team and been happy, despite not scoring. In other games, I have ended them badly because I did everything possible to score and was not able to.
“It’s not about runs, there are moments when you do everything and the ball doesn’t want to go in. Sometimes you hit it wrong and it goes on.
“They’re situations strikers are used to and must live with. I know I am obliged to score because it’s my job but also that the team’s doing well and hasn’t needed my goals.
“I don’t think there’s been any anxiety. Anxious would be to have the ball and try to beat five players.
“In that sense, I’m calm. I remember a play against Malaga when Sergi Roberto gave me the ball and before shooting I was laughing because I knew I was going to miss, due to the moment I’m going through.
“In another moment, I’d have caught it wrong and it would have gone in. I know that when one goes in, a lot more will start to go in.”
Source | Sport
Suarez also talks about his injury saying he is not in pain and is looking forward to resting and recovering in this two-week period.
The 30-year-old also spoke about Coutinho, explaining he has talked to the Brazilian about joining Barcelona and that he thinks he would bring a lot to the team.
“Obviously he must have wanted to [move] because he is a player who has ambition and any player would want to come to Barcelona. He went through a difficult and very complicated moment but as a professional he has continued to show how good a player he is and the personal quality he has.
“Despite trying to leave Liverpool he continued to help the team and working. He is demonstrating that he is a professional who has the ambition to take a step further.
“[He could bring] A lot. I know him as a person and as a player because I played with him but everyone knows what Coutinho can contribute. He is a footballer who today is at a very high level.”
Source | Mundo Deportivo
So far Barcelona have managed pretty well despite Suarez’s poor form but with tough games against Juventus and Valencia straight after the international break, a return to form would be a massive boost.