Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has leapt to the defence of teammate Philippe Coutinho following an ordinary outing in his first league appearance for the LaLiga giants. Barcelona bagged all three points after staging a comeback to defeat Alaves 2-1 and maintain their run on top of the table.
Coutinho failed to hit prime in the match as Lionel Messi once again came to their rescue with a late free kick. They are now eleven points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid and look poised to lift the title.
The former Liverpool man had initially made a substitute appearance against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey since his club record €160million move.
Suarez has now has come up to defend him suggesting it’s not easy to debut at Barca’s arena in the Spanish top flight. It was a moderate display from the Brazil international who despite looking comfortable in the line-up couldn’t exercise his skills to help his side flourish.
“It’s difficult to debut in the Camp Nou in the league,” said Saurez after the win.
“Philippe was very good. He did very well trying to drive in the game and the team are happy with his contribution,” he added.
John Guidetti scored the opener for Alaves in the 23rd minute to put his side ahead in the contest but late goals from Messi and the Uruguayan striker ensured Barcelona to further cement their top spot in the La Liga table.
Lionel Messi with his free kick overtook his fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the number of free-kick goals. Messi’s winner was his 21st successful free-kick, one more than Ronaldo’s tally of 20.
Talking about Coutinho’s ordinary outing, he created a few chances for his teammates but failed to accurately judge the speed of Saurez who couldn’t catch up on one of his pacy but fruitful passes.