Luis Suarez has described his winner against Real Madrid during the Clasico on Sunday as “the most important goal” of his Barcelona career to date.
The Uruguayan decided the match in La Blaugrana’s favour on 56 minutes, when he trapped a long ball from Dani Alves, squeezed in between Sergio Ramos and Pepe and buried a low, angled finish beyond Iker Casillas.
“For now, it’s the most important goal I’ve scored for the club,” he told TV3.
“It has extra significance because of the opponents it came against. The squad are very happy. We knew the most important thing was to maintain our lead [atop La Liga] and extend it.
“I tried to exploit the space between the [Madrid] defenders and finish the move off as quickly as possible so the centre-backs wouldn’t have time [to catch up with me]. Luckily it went well.
“We didn’t take control of the game like we normally do. We played very direct and they were Real Madrid.
“They put us under a lot of pressure, and we didn’t have much of the ball in the first half but we wanted to do better after the restart.
“We know very well that the League is very difficult. We must seize this advantage over a very strong team like Real Madrid.
“Like in all leagues, you never know what might happen if you relax even a little bit.”