Luis Suarez described his winning strike against Real Madrid in Sunday night’s ‘El Clasico’ showdown as “the most important goal” he has scored for Barcelona.
The 28-year-old Uruguay striker, who joined Barca from Liverpool ion a £75million deal last summer, scored the winning goal on 55 minutes after Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Jeremy Mathieu’s opener at Camp Nou.
Luis Enrique’s men never looked like relinquishing their slender advantage for a second time as they held on to claim the win which hands them a four-point lead over their main title rivals in Spain’s La Liga.
Suarez has already bagged 14 goals in all competitions for the Catalan giants despite not making his first-team debut until October 25 because of the suspension he picked up as punishment for biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini at last summer’s World Cup finals.
And despite bagging a brace in against Manchester City in the Champions League last month, Suarez feels this latest goal tops the lot.
“This is the most important goal I’ve scored for Barca and it has an extra significance because of the rival we were playing against,” Suarez told Barcelona’s official television channel.
“I just tried to take advantage of the space between defenders and be as fast as I could so I didn’t give the centre-backs any time to recover. Luckily it went in.
“The dressing room is very happy, we knew this was a really important game if we wanted to stay top of the league and increase our advantage.”
Barca travel to Celta Vigo in their next game after the international break on April 5 and are 1.36 to pick up another three points. Celta are 8.52 and the draw is 4.60.