Ter Stegen labels Luis Suarez as ‘beast’

Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday after Marc-Ander Ter Stegen put in another stellar performance in goal. The Germany international made a string of saves for the Catalan giants to pick up a clean sheet which extended the club’s unbeaten run to 17 across all competitions.

Speaking after the game, Ter Stegen was satisfied with the result which has seen Barcelona edge 10 points ahead of their Madrid rivals, who drew 0-0 in the local derby, he said: “We go home happy and satisfied with the result we’ve picked up this afternoon. [Leganes] pressed a lot, but we were always in the game and we knew what to do.”

Meanwhile, the Confederations Cup winner was also pleased with the showing of Luis Suarez who ended a run of 470 minutes without a goal by scoring a brace versus Leganes, he added: “I am delighted for Suarez and hope he keeps in this form for a long time. He put in a huge physical effort today, he’s a hard worker and in front of goal he’s a beast.”

Suarez’s poor La Liga form had been the topic of discussion in recent weeks with suggestions that Barcelona could look to find a potential competitor in the transfer market. However, the Uruguayan’s latest exploits in front of goal would no doubt please Ernesto Valverde, who has backed the South American during his goal drought.

Barcelona are already 10 points clear of fierce rivals Real Madrid, but they still need to be wary of any complacency as they can quite easily lose their advantage at the top. Next up, the Catalan outfit face an away trip to Mestalla to face second-placed Valencia, and they are unlikely to get any favours with Marcelino Garcia’s looking good value to finish in the top-four at the least this term.