Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was thrilled with his game-winning goal in his second El Clasico and told TV3 it feels like the most important of his Barca career.
Suarez made his Barcelona debut in last October's El Clasico loss at the Santiago Bernabeu, less than 24 hours following the expiration of his four-month ban from football and was keen to show the progress he's made in the six months following that match.
Suarez's performance overshadowed that of Lionel Messi, who took a backseat and looked to create scoring chances for Suarez and Neymar, with the latter unable to find the target or any consistency with his erratic play.
He said: "Up until right now, it's the most important goal I've scored with Barça and has special meaning, even more so considering the opponent. The dressing room is full of joy. We knew this would be a very important match if we were to stay on top, as leaders and widen the gap."
Suarez then recalled his goal, which saw the Uruguayan striker catch a full-length pass in his stride and while running between Sergio Ramos and Pepe, crossed his body to fire the shot into the left-hand corner. Suarez then ran to the corner flag and let out a primal, emotional scream of joy and relief from the baggage he's been carrying since the World Cup.
He said: "I tried to take advantage of the space I had between the two defenders and tried to be faster so they didn't have time to react. Luckily, everything went well."
The former Liverpool star went on to analyse his second El Clasico and the keys to the win over a Real Madrid side that were desperate to get back on track.
He added: "We went back and forth a lot in the first half and we weren't in control, which is out of our character. We played very direct and they are Real Madrid, the pressured us a lot. We didn't have the ball in the first half and following half-time, we wanted to do better.”
Suarez concluded by stating that they must not let this reward of a four-point advantage slip away and must continue to maintain their form until the end of the season.
"There's a lot left in the season, we know La Liga is very difficult,” he said. “We need to take advantage of this advantage against a very strong opponent like Real Madrid. The same as it is in every league, you never know what'll happen if you take your foot off the gas."