Luis Suarez’s good form continued on Saturday as the striker inspired FC Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Granada in La Liga. The Catalans are now just one point behind leaders Real Madrid and coach Luis Enrique was full of praise of his players, particularly Luis Suarez, in his press conference.
Luis Suarez, who netted twice in FC Barcelonaa s 2-1 Champions League triumph against Man City on Tuesday, scored his fourth goal in as many matches and had a hand in two more.
FC Barcelona were under pressure to secure a win and maintain their title hopes alive after a loss at the hands of Malaga on last weekend and Luis Suarez played a key role in their first, setting up Ivan Rakitic for an easy finish.
Luis Suarez himself scored the second goal of FC Barcelona in 48th minute, this time with the help from Ivan Rakitic. The Uruguayan also played a key role in setting Leo Messi for the third goal of FC Barcelona in the 70th minute. Fran Rico did scored for Granada in the 53rd minute but it proved too little as FC Barcelona dominated the proceedings from start to finish.
And coach Luis Enrique praised the efforts of his players, especially Luis Suarez, in his press conference.
a Ia m very happy and satisfied with my teama s work under such special circumstances,a Luis Enrique after the game.
a Perhaps [Luis Suarez] is now becoming more prominent, but since he came here hea s performed at a high level.
a For us, his work is special and very interesting.a
Luis Enrique also criticized the pitch prepared by Granada for this game.
a I must congratulate the players for being able to string three passes together on the turf [they played on].
a Both sets of players attempted to pass the ball to each other and it was remarkable. I dona t know many others, but Ia m very happy for the team’s victory.
a In every game, our opponents use their attacking weapons against us. We expected the difficulties, which Granada put us under.a
Ivan Rakitic, who was on the score sheet for FC Barcelona, said that he is pleased with the performance of FC Barcelona in this match.
a We played with a normal rhythm. Ita s always hard to play [at Granada],a said Rakitic.
a Ita s also a little unfortunate that the grass wasna t good, but we still did a great job and worked very well.
a We know how to play. If we can help in defence, we will but [Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar] all await the right moment to exploit the space.a