It was the 83rd minute of Barcelona’s home game against Malaga when Ernesto Valverde took Luis Suarez off the pitch, something the Uruguayan didn’t like at all. He made sure to show that, by not shaking his coach’s hand, on his way to the bench.
It had been another below average Suarez game, in which he had missed clear chances to score, looking anything but sharp. Still, his coach made sure to cover him, both for his poor form lately, and for the… non handshake.
Suarez is ambitious and no one likes to be substituted. Everybody wants to be an undisputed starter every time. I do not see any problem
Valverde told reporters, obviously eager to downplay the whole incident.
It was the third game he has played in six days, and he is getting chances, which is the main thing for a striker
the Barcelona coach said about his Uruguayan star who has now scored just once in his last five appearances for the Blaugrana.
One who did score was Gerard Deulofeu, even though his goal shouldn’t have counted, as the ball had clearly gone out before Lucas Digne fed his Catalan teammate for Barcelona’s first goal.
Andres Iniesta was the other scorer for the LaLiga leaders, his first goal in over a year(!).