Statistics highlighting just how badly Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has struggled away from home in the Champions League over the last few seasons have come to light online this evening.
Lyon vs Barcelona
Ernesto Valverde’s La Liga table-toppers are set to begin their Champions League knockout adventure for this season with a tricky trip to France to take on Lyon this evening.
The Blaugrana head into the matchup on the back of a hard-fought, albeit crucial 1-0 La Liga victory over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday night, a win which saw the Catalan giants extend their advantage atop the Spanish top-flight to 7 points.
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Hosts Lyon, meanwhile, picked up their 6th win from the club’s last 7 outings across all competitions this past weekend, after downing Guingamp by 2 goals to 1.
The win saw Bruno Génésio’s side close the gap on 2nd-placed Lille to 4 points in the Ligue 1 table.
1 – Lyon and Barcelona remained unbeaten in this season’s Champions League group stages. It’s the 1st time 2 teams are facing each other in the knockout stages of the CL without a defeat to their name all season since Barcelona and Man Utd met in the 2007/08 semi-finals. Duel. pic.twitter.com/qq2Nth9KNd
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Despite their impressive recent string of results, however, Lyon will obviously head into tonight’s first-leg of their tie with Barcelona as heavy underdogs.
Fans of the French outfit, though, will be buoyed by the emergence of a surprising statistic online this evening, showcasing just how indecisive Barcelona hitman Luis Suarez has been on his travels in Europe over the last 4 seasons.
As showcased below, incredibly, Suarez has failed to directly contribute to a Champions League goal away from the Camp Nou for almost 24 hours running:
0 – Luis Suarez has failed to score (or deliver an assist) in his last 1,418 minutes of play away from home in the Champions League, that’s 23 hours and 38 minutes. The last time he scored on the road came in September 2015 against Roma at the Olimpico. Defiance. pic.twitter.com/nHnivh2mt6
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 19, 2019