Valverde backs Suarez as Alcacer shines

Luis Suarez

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde had praise for goal-shy striker Luis Suarez, while also praising man-of-the-moment Paco Alcacer.

Alcacer scored twice as Barca beat Sevilla 2-1 at Camp Nou on Saturday to maintain their four-point lead in La Liga, but Suarez is still struggling on a personal level with just three goals in eight league matches.

"[Alcacer] got two important goals and we hope that they give him the confidence that strikers need," Valverde said.

"We are happy with him and for the team. He has not played a lot and he has shown that he is a goalscorer and we are happy.

"I have a strong side here and anyone can come in and score. It is to the credit of the player that he can come in with the pressure on and perform.

"We talk a lot about Suarez lately, but I'm pleased to have him because of how he works and all the things he gives us.

"He is a killer. Despite the fact he's not scoring lately, he always has chances, and that is a good sign."

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