Suarez controlled Dani Alves’s ball over the top and fired past Iker Casillas just before the hour mark to hand Barcelona a huge win. “It is my most important goal for Barcelona so far, it has an extra meaning given the opponents that it was against,” said Suarez.
The former Liverpool star’s strike came at a crucial juncture in the game as Madrid looked the more likely to go ahead after Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Jeremy Mathieu’s early opener.
“I tried to take advantage of the space between the defenders as quickly as possible to not give them time to react. Luckily it went in,” added Suarez.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique lauded the Uruguayan’s quality and said that is why the club splashed out a club record fee for the 28-year-old despite his chequered past.
“It is clear the goal is something very few players can do. That is why we signed him. We valued him because he is a player that makes the difference,” said Enrique.
“Ever since he arrived we have been very happy with his performances, his commitment and everything he does for the team.”
Suarez admitted that Barcelona had played a dangerous game in the first half, but had far more control once he had fired them in front for a second time.
“We fell into the trap of playing an end-to-end game which they like and we weren’t in control of the game like we normally are.
“We played very direct and Madrid are very good at pressing. We didn’t have the ball in the first half, but we wanted to do better in the second and that’s how it went.”
Suarez, though, insisted Barcelona can’t take their foot of the gas having seen Madrid blow the same advantage in recent weeks.
“There is a long way to go and the league is very difficult,” he said.
“We need to take advantage of the gap we have against a very strong opponent in Madrid. Like in all leagues, you don’t know what can happen if you relax a little.”