BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Luis Suarez has found the net 23 times this season, including goals in his last two Spanish league matches that helped keep Barcelona on track to defending its domestic title.
But the Uruguay striker will be seeking his first goal in the Champions League in more than a year when Barcelona tries to finish off Manchester United on Tuesday in the second leg of the quarterfinals.
Suarez came very close to breaking his scoreless streak last week at Old Trafford, when his header deflected off Luke Shaw before finding the net for an own-goal by the United defender in the 1-0 victory for Barcelona.
Suarez’s last goal in Europe’s top club tournament was on April 4, 2018. It’s been a downward trend for the former Liverpool player in continental competition. The 32-year-old Suarez has 20 goals in 50 career appearances in the Champions League, but only two goals in his last 25.
But Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has never questioned Suarez and has defended his contributions to the team even when he isn’t scoring.
“For me, Luis is the same as always, which is playing at the high level he always maintains,”…