Within just a few minutes he had created two goals for Suarez, though one was chalked off, and scored one of his own to put the game beyond Dortmund before later setting up Griezmann and hitting the crossbar with a free-kick.
Valverde, though, accepts learning to deal with the pressures of leading from the front comes with the territory at the Nou Camp.
"This is a great opportunity for us to qualify and any of the other teams in the group would like to be in our position", Valverde said in his pre-game press conference late on Tuesday. "Our aim is always to attack", the coach added.
"There are also things that we have to settle with".
"Everyone has to take a good look at themselves, that's what we have to talk about, not about our coach", fumed Reus.
"The demand is for us to show a lesson in football in every game we play and our aim is for the team to win and the people to be happy with the performance".
"We are looking to get results with our style of play".
Borussia Dortmund, Group stage, Group F, 5th matchday at Camp Nou stadium.
"Of course we will analyze it very intensively, but we will go to the Barcelona match with Lucien Favre and expect to see a significant increase in performance there".
"We are strong at home and the prize to be had from this game is huge".
There was more bad news, too, for Barcelona with the familiar sight of Ousmane Dembele sitting on the turf with an injury, requiring an early substitution of the former Dortmund man, who was replaced by Griezmann.
"We have to win against Dortmund to ensure qualification as soon as possible".
Borussia Dortmund enter this match after only managing a 3-3 draw at home in their previous outing.
Sancho smashed home a super strike to give Dortmund a consolation, but they must better Inter's result at home to Barcelona when the Bundesliga side face Slavia Prague at home next month.
"We should have signed another central striker", he said. We're working really hard to improve - hopefully you'll see that [against Dortmund].
"We will decide tomorrow".