Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has revealed why they thrashed Barcelona 5-1 at Camp Nou on Sunday.
He said that Lionel Messi’s absence motivated them, adding that Barcelona are better than ever – despite being without their star player, Messi.
He stated that as a result of their playing without Messi, everyone had to step up to the challenge.
Barcelona looked good without their talisman as they ran riot in Sunday’s El Clasico at the Nou Camp.
The Argentine superstar was absent with a fractured arm, but Luis Suarez stepped up in his place and bagged a brilliant hat-trick.
Philippe Coutinho also got on the scoresheet, while Arturo Vidal came off the bench to notch his first goal since moving to the club.
“We scored five goals! These are moments to enjoy,” Pique told Sky Sports.
“It’s not easy to score five goals against your rival, so you have to enjoy it when it happens.
“I’m really happy. It’s an important result.
“The team’s better than ever and this week (wins against Sevilla, Inter Milan and Real) has given us a lot of confidence.
“We’ve been at a great level without even having our best player.
“When you don’t have the best player on the pitch, everyone has to take a step forward.
“The full-backs were really good. I hope (Spain boss) Luis Enrique rectifies his error and brings Jordi Alba back into the squad.”