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Luis Suárez lauded by both coaches after winner

The Barcelona manager Luis Enrique described Luis Suárez as the man who Barcelona were missing after his superb strike secured a 2-1 clásico victory over Real Madrid that helps them take a big step towards the league title.

Suárez controlled Dani Alves’s long ball and beat Iker Casillas to score what proved to be the winner in the 55th minute of the clásico, taking Barcelona four points clear and leaving Carlo Ancelotti admitting that the title was “more difficult,” even if he did refuse to throw in the towel.

After a difficult start to his Barcelona career, in which it took him 577 minutes to score in the league, this was Suárez’s sixth goal in seven games and his 14th this season. In the build-up he had admitted “I felt I was not helping the team,” and revealed he had not enjoyed the first clásico of the season “as much as I should have done”.

That was his first competitive game in four months after his ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, but he certainly enjoyed this one, sliding to the corner flag on his knees after scoring. Luis Enrique said that even when Suárez was not scoring goals, he had been delighted with the Uruguayan’s performances.

“He is a striker and needs goals but even before I was happy with his attitude, his commitment and his play,” Luis Enrique said. “He is not just an old-style striker; he can also combine with his team-mates, he reads the game well, he knows what the team needs at key moments. He doesn’t need many touches to score goals. He also has the physique which is good for us and the character which is useful for a team like us ...”

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