Luis Suarez: I was laughing because I knew I was going to miss
Barcelona forward Luis Suarez has said that he knows his form is so bad at the moment that in one game he was laughing before a shot because he knew he was going to miss.
The Uruguayan has only scored three times for Barcelona this season and he has widely been criticised for his performances thus far.
This is particularly because with the absence of Neymar, who left to join PSG, there is more of an onus on him to score.
Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona runs for the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Malaga at Camp Nou on October 21, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.Getty Images
“I have never been worried because I have everyone behind me, including the fans. Goals are important for me but helping the team is, too. But it would be a lie to say I am happy with my form. I know I can give more.
“I don't think there's been any anxiety. Anxious would be to have the ball and try to beat five players. In that sense, I'm calm.
"I remember a play against Malaga when Sergi Roberto gave me the ball and before shooting I was laughing because I knew I was going to miss, due to the moment I'm going through. In another moment, I'd have caught it wrong and it would have gone in. I know that when one goes in, a lot more will start to go in."
He was also full of praise for his former team-mate, calling Neymar “special” and saying that of course the team misses him.
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar (R) gestures past Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) final football match FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 27,Getty Images
“We miss Ney a lot on the pitch, but more off it, because he was special. He's said it. We had a lot of fun. He transmits happiness and joy all of the time. He was important for us.
“He's playing for another team now but I don't hold it against him, the opposite. I tried to convince him to stay because I think here's the best place for him, but it's a decision he had to take.”