AMSTERDAM (AFP) – Two defeats in as many games has not been the dream start Luis Suarez sought to life as a Barcelona player, but one of his old hunting grounds offers the chance to get up and running as the Catalans travel to Ajax on Wednesday.
The Uruguayan scored 111 goals during a four-year spell with the Dutch champions before moving to Liverpool in 2011, but has yet to find the net since sealing his club record US$120 million move to Barcelona in July.
Barca’s star-studded front three of Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi were denied by a fine goalkeeping display from Sergio Alvarez and the woodwork four times as Celta Vigo recorded their first away win at Barcelona since 1941 on Saturday, just a week after Barca were beaten for the first time in the league this season at Real Madrid.
“The match against Ajax is the most important at the moment,” said Suarez, who played the full 90 minutes against Celta for the first time since his four-month ban for biting at the World Cup.
“It is clear that it is a club that gave me everything.
“I learned a lot and I will always be thankful for that. To return and play in the Champions League with Barcelona will be great.”
A win for Barca at the Amsterdam Arena allied to victory for Paris Saint-Germain at home to APOEL Nicosia will see both the top seeds in Group F into the last 16 with two games to spare.
However, Luis Enrique’s men will not be taking Ajax lightly having suffered their first defeat of last season in the Dutch capital 2-1 despite playing against 10 men for the majority of the second-half.
“They started very strongly and over-ran us in the early part of the game,” midfielder Sergio Busquets said on Monday.