The image of a frustrated Lionel Messi with his hands on his hips in Barcelona ’ s 0 – 0 Champions League draw in Lyon on Tuesday may reverberate the most around the world , but it is Luis Suarez ’ s form in front of goal that is causing most concern in Catalonia .
Suarez laboured throughout much of the Champions League last 16 , first leg in France , although he came as close as anyone to scoring for Barcelona when he fired just wide from a Jordi Alba cutback 20 minutes from time .
Barca ’ s recent struggles away from home at the business end of the Champions League go on – it is now six matches without an away win in the knockout rounds, with just one goal scored in that time , since beating Arsenal 2 – 0 three years ago .
Suarez, meanwhile , has now gone 16 away matches without scoring in the competition since a draw at Roma in the group stage in 2015 . That adds up to more than 24 hours in total.
“ I’ d be worried if he were not creating chances , but he has always had chances , he creates them for his teammates , and he is a constant headache for opponents , ” said coach Ernesto Valverde in defence of the 32-year – old .
Suarez has 16 goals in all competitions this season, but only one in his team ’ s last eight matches.
“ Maybe he is saving them for the games to come, ” added Valverde .