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Luis Suarez ‘worried’ about Barcelona’s title hopes due to poor away form

By J Smith

Published: 13:04, 22 September 2019

Luis Suarez admits he is “worried” about Barcelona’s LaLiga title hopes after another away loss.

The Blaugrana went down 2-0 at Granada – who are now the shock league leaders – on Saturday, meaning they have failed to win in each of their four games on the road in all competitions this season.

Why can’t Barca win away? Five things to know…

  • Barca haven’t won a competitive away game since beating Alaves on April 23 (eight games).
  • That includes their Champions League semi-final collapse against Liverpool.
  • They have averaged 11.5 shots per 90 minutes in the penalty area at home in La Liga this season.
  • But that drops to just 5.3 per 90 minutes away from home, while their key passes per 90 falls from 17 to 7.3.
  • Suarez believes a lack of cutting edge is to blame for their struggles on the road.

As a result of the loss, Barca have now slipped to seventh place in La Liga and although they remain just three points off the summit with plenty of football still to play, Suarez portrayed a less than confident mood at the Camp Nou.

“It’s a worrying defeat, a defeat that hurts,” he told AS. “And a defeat that we have to take a real good look at, because there are lots of things that we have to improve.

“There’s a long way to go yet, but these are the types of games that win you the title. We have to be tougher if we’re going to win the league. We have a tough year ahead of us.”

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Suarez believes Barca have a “lack of cutting edge” away from the Nou Camp and must start focusing on creating more chances on the road if they are to sustain a LaLiga title challenge this season.

He added: “What we have to look at is the way we’re performing on the road, because the lack of cutting edge and chances is worrying.

“We’re Barça, we have to go out there to win the game; we can’t start the way we did.”

Real Madrid face Sevilla on Sunday evening and will return to top spot if they are victorious.