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Something is amiss with Luis Suarez

00:20 GMT+3 22/10/2017
Luis Suarez, Barcelona
The Uruguayan striker wasted one glorious chance and was also off target with another as an efficient Barcelona beat Malaga at Camp Nou on Saturday

Barcelona keep winning and Luis Suarez is still missing. Saturday night's 2-0 win for Ernesto Valverde's side over Malaga was another welcome result for the Catalan club, but again their centre-forward was a disappointment.

Malaga were the only side Barca failed to beat in either fixture in La Liga last season, losing away to Michel's men and only managing a draw at home to the Andalusians. Five points dropped that could have earned the title for Luis Enrique's team.

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Michel, a Real Madrid legend from his playing days, had been happy to help Los Blancos win La Liga with their victory over Barca at La Rosaleda and defeat to Zinedine Zidane's side at home in the last game of the season saw the title head back to the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since 2012.

Barca had also lost at home to Malaga in February 2015, but there appeared little chance of a repeat this time as the Andalusians arrived at Camp Nou with just one point from their eight matches so far in the Primera Division.

A lovely passing move saw Barca take the lead within two minutes as Gerard Deulofeu netted with a back-heeled effort to vindicante his selection after bright showings against Atletico Madrid and Olympiacos over the last week.

However, the goal should have been disallowed because the ball was out of play when Lucas Digne crossed. Time for technology in La Liga - especially after another controversial incident last season when Barca were denied a perfectly good goal when the ball had clearly crossed the line away to Betis.

The rest of the match was fairly predictable, with Barca dominant virtually throughout, and the Catalans ultimately added a second as Andres Iniesta netted, with the aid of a deflection, his first league goal since scoring in the 4-0 win at Real Madrid in November 2015.

Suarez should have added at least one more. The Uruguayan inexplicably fired wide from close range when it looked easier to score late in the game and he was taken off to give Paco Alcacer a rare run-out in the final minutes.

Earlier, Suarez had missed another good chance and despite his important leveller at Atletico last weekend, the truth is that the South American striker is still some way short of his brilliant best right now.

Alcacer should start as Barca begin the defence of their Copa del Rey crown against Murcia in midweek and if the Spain striker impresses, Valverde may be tempted to give Suarez a break from first-team action.

The Uruguayan's recent injury, plus the departure of Neymar, the absence of summer signing Ousmane Dembele and Valverde's decision to move Lionel Messi into a more central role have all contributed to the former Liverpool forward's poor patch of form.

However, it is more than that and three goals in his 11 appearances this season tell a tale. Something is amiss with Luis Suarez at the moment. In fact, almost everything is a miss.