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Luis Suarez has revealed why he struggled for form at the start of the season

The Barcelona forward went through a dry-spell earlier in the season, but has rediscovered his goal-scoring form in recent weeks

It’s fair to say that Luis Suarez had a bit of a shocker at the start of the season. 

The Barcelona forward went through a crisis of confidence before Christmas, struggling to score consistently and openly admitting he was going through a period of poor form.


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At times it was hard to watch, especially with some fans calling on the Catalan giants to start looking for a replacement.

But since then, the former Liverpool hero has scored 16 times in his last 17 outings in all competitions, with 13 of those coming in his last 11 La Liga games, and says he now feels “spectacular” for turning his poor form around.

Suarez ripped his shirt in frustration during his last game

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Suarez ripped his shirt in frustration in a game against Las Palmas back in October

Speaking to La Vangardia, the Uruguayan revealed that his dreadful start to the campaign was due to the psychologically issues surrounding a problematic knee injury he picked up back in August.

The 31-year-old injured his knee in the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid at the very start of the season and was ruled out for a month, but he came back more than two weeks too early to help Uruguay in their World Cup qualification bid.

It seems he rushed his recovery, as the usually-prolific No 9 struggled to find the back of net for his club.

And after a run of just three goals in 14 appearances for Barca, he opted to take it easy during the November international break, in a hope that he could come back well-rested and rejuvenated.

He’s been back to his usual best recently

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He’s been back to his usual best recently

It certainly did the trick, the striker in blistering form at the moment.

And speaking openly about his niggling knee injury, Suarez said: “It worried me a lot, much more than the goals, because I’ve been on streaks where I haven’t scored before.

“I feared the injury might affect me psychologically; my attitude wasn’t the same, nor my intensity.

“I was in pain, even though I didn’t say I was in pain.

“Taking that break was important for me, since November I’ve been spectacular.

“I was able to rest, recover and sort myself out psychologically.”

Well, we’re glad to have you back to your scoring ways, Luis. 


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