Clasico thrashing without Messi a 'great achievement', says Busquets

Barcelona's thrashing of Real Madrid without Lionel Messi impressed midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Published : Oct 29, 2018 11:45 IST

Barcelona celebrates Luis Suarez's goal against Real Madrid.
Barcelona celebrates Luis Suarez's goal against Real Madrid.

Barcelona celebrates Luis Suarez's goal against Real Madrid.

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets described his team's 5-1 El Clasico win without Lionel Messi as a "great achievement".

Luis Suarez stepped up in the absence of Messi, who is recovering from a broken arm, to score a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday.

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Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal were also on the scoresheet as under-fire Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui was put under further pressure.

Delivering such a result without their superstar Messi was massive for Barca, according to Busquets.

"It's a great achievement to win 5-1 without Messi," he told the club's website.

"Normally, when we have trouble, Leo helps us out but today the team stepped up."

Marcelo's 50th-minute goal brought Madrid back to 2-1, but Barca struck three times in the final quarter of an hour.


Busquets said his team knew it would get its opportunities as Madrid pushed for a way back into the game.

He said: "We knew that if we get through their pressure then we would have chances and then the counters came and the goals gave us a cushion."

While Barca are only a point clear atop LaLiga, they sit seven ahead of ninth-placed rival Madrid.

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