Luis Suarez is a problem for Barcelona
Luis Suarez once again missed the Champions League standings for Barcelona and was a real shock during a match in France.
The Uruguayans have now spent more than 25 hours aimlessly in the competition, a truly remarkable (and horrible) statistic:
It ends without purpose in Lyon …
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He had opportunities and went nearly twice but it was just not to be. The pressure seemed to touch him especially in the later stages.
Its form says it should be abandoned, but the problem is that Barcelona simply does not have a reliable alternative.
Paco Alcacer was sold to Dortmund, Munir left in January for Sevilla, while Kevin-Prince Boateng arrived in winter but was only slightly impressed by his two chances for the club.
Ernesto Valverde, however, has options if he has the courage to thwart Suarez and play Lionel Messi as a fake. Philippe Coutinho or Malcom could play in attack alongside the Barcelona captain and Dembele.
The lack of goals must concern Valverde
Barcelona drew for the second time in four games, despite opportunities created in France.
Against Real Valladolid on Saturday, they managed 20 shots on goal, but they scored only one goal from the penalty spot, against Lyon, he was 25:
The struggles of Suarez have already been highlighted, but Lionel Messi has presented the kind of display that suggests that he is not 100% fit and Ousmane Dembele shined, but he lacked a bit of quality with his final product.
After the match, Valverde said he did not care about Suarez's form as long as he had opportunities, but he must have been worried about his team's inability to find the bottom of the net for the moment.
The Barca has scored just two goals in his last four games and hopes to regain his scoring touch against Sevilla on Saturday.
Pablo Machin's men lost some ground in La Liga with defeats against Villarreal and Celta Vigo in recent weeks, while Barca beat six at Camp Nou when the two sides met at the Copa del Rey. January.
The result leaves Barcelona vulnerable
Ernesto Valverde and Sergio Busquets both spoke of the need for a goal outside Lyon. The failure of Barcelona makes them vulnerable before returning to Camp Nou.
Barcelona will be well aware that the draw on Tuesday means they will come out with a draw at Camp Nou and they will have to beat Lyon in the second leg.
The visitors will be stimulated by Nabil Fekir's suspension return and will show enough in the first leg to demonstrate that they can cause problems.
Marc-André ter Stegen was called to play twice in the first half to make good saves against Houssem Aouar and Martin Terrier. Lyon will want to score at Camp Nou.
Of course, Barcelona should also have a key player for the second leg. Arthur should be in shape after a hamstring problem and the young Brazilian has been forgotten.
Barcelona will always be the favorite to progress and has already demonstrated its ability to bounce in the two-legged matches this season, think Sevilla and Levante in the Copa del Rey.
Of course, the Champions League is a completely different fish, and the Tuersday draw means that the second leg could be a nervous affair.