Marc-Andre ter Stegen believes Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez silenced a lot of people with his brace in their 2-1 Champions League win over Inter Milan.
Ernesto Valverde’s men found themselves a goal down inside the opening five minutes when Lautaro Martínez gave the Serie A giants a shock but handy lead.
How Suarez silenced his critics: Five key things to know…
- Before facing Inter, Suarez had scored once in his last five Champions League home games for Barça.
- It has led to many questioning the Uruguayan’s usefulness and whether it was time for him to leave.
- He answered those criticisms with a brace as Barça came from a goal down to win 2-1.
- It was the first time he’s scored more than once in a Champions League game since September 2016.
- Barça goalkeeper Ter Stegen felt that performance shut a lot of people’s mouths.
Barça, who have looked shaky at times this season, began the game with Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann either side of Suarez.
They would respond in the second half when substitute Arturo Vidal teed up the Uruguayan marksman before striking an 84th-minute winner.
It was an emotional game for Suarez as this was the first time since beating Celtic (7-0) three years ago that he registered a goal more than once in a single Champions League game.
He’s been a hot topic of late, with many observers feeling his time at the Camp Nou is drawing to an end, but Barça goalkeeper Ter Stegen thinks otherwise.
“Suarez shut a lot of mouths with that performance,” he told reporters.
“He is always focused, giving his best and fighting hard.
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“We know who we have up there. He’s always there to score goals for us when it matters.”
On the domestic front, Barcelona currently sit fourth after taking 13 points from their opening seven games.
The Blaugrana host Sevilla on Sunday.