Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00
Barcelona's Luis Suarez (front) fights for the ball against Villarreal's Victor Ruiz during their semi-final first leg Spanish King's Cup trophy match at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona February 11, 2015.CREDIT: REUTERS/ALBERT GEAReuters: Luis Suarez had the Barcelona fans chanting his name after he set up Lionel Messi to score the opening goal in a 3-1 victory for the record winners in their King’s Cup semi-final, first leg at home to Villarreal on Wednesday.
Barca’s 10th consecutive success in all competitions, their longest winning streak since the end of 2010, put them in a strong position to advance to May’s final after the return leg at the Madrigal in three weeks. They would meet Athletic Bilbao, whose 23 Cup triumphs are only bettered by Barca’s 26, or 2006 winners Espanyol, who drew 1-1 in their first leg at Bilbao’s San Mames stadium. Uruguay forward Suarez is taking time to settle in Spain after joining Barca from Liverpool in the close season but although he has yet to hit scoring form himself he has impressed with his link-up play and creativity.