Luis Suarez in great shape ahead of Barça's Champions League opener

The Uruguayan has shown he is ready to start in Germany this week

Two games on the touchline due to a calf injury has seen Luis Suarez return even more motivated than before -- if possible. He showed that in 30 minutes against Valencia, scoring two great goals and making it clear he's ready to take on the responsibility in this season's Champions League opener on Tuesday. Everything suggests he will start against Borussia Dortmund. 

Francesc J. Gimeno

Ernesto Valverde, the Barcelona coach, gave Suarez a good run out against Valencia with the aim of starting him at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund this week, with Lionel Messi still unlikely to be fit to start. 


El Pistolero showed at the weekend that he's physically and mentally ready to lead the team in attack. In less than half an hour, he scored two goals and is now Barca's third top goalscorer in La Liga with 133 -- only beaten by Cesar (190) and Messi (419). 

His record in La Liga is spectacular, with those 133 goals coming in 165 games since he joined from Liverpool. That's 0.8 goals per game. 

Now his challenge is to end his bad away form in Europe. Against Dortmund, Suarez has another chance to end a European drought on the road which stretched back 18 games, to Sept. 16 2015, when he scored at Roma. It's four years since an away goal in the Champions League. 

Since then, Suarez has played 18 away games without netting. He has played 1,687 minutes of Champions League football away from Camp Nou without scoring. 

In fact, his numbers in Europe have not been great for two seasons, scoring just once in each of the last two campaigns. In total, he's played 48 CL games and scored 20 goals for the club -- 0.41 per game. 


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