The trio of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez was on target for FC Barcelona as the Catalans beat Athletic Bilbao by 5-2. Luis Suarez has failed to justify his €94 million price tag so far but he was on target against the Basque’s today and the former Liverpool man said after the game that he never lost faith in himself during a tough start to his FC Barcelona career.

FC Barcelona had a golden opportunity to close the gap at the summit of La Liga by winning against Athletic Bilbao and the Catalans banked on this opportunity by securing a dominant victory at San Memes.

After losing their first game of new year at Anoeta, it was the ninth straight victory of FC Barcelona in all competitions. Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and substitute Pedro scored a goal each for FC Barcelona.

Striker Luis Suarez netted one goal and combined wonderfully with Lionel Messi and Neymar throughout. Suarez said after the game that he is extremely happy with his performance.

“I did not get nervous, because the only thing I worry about is not being able to help the team,” Suarez told Canal Plus. “I’m very self-critical and when I play badly, I get very angry.

“But I knew that the goals would come and, with the support from my team-mates and my family, now they have arrived. It is a pleasure to play alongside phenomena like Leo Messi and Neymar.”

Luis Suarez was whistled by the Athletic Bilbao fans during the game as they felt that he was overreacting to a foul. But Suarez said that he was not acting.

“I think it was unfair, but I will not enter into any controversy. As you will see on television, I was hurt by the challenge.”

Meanwhile, Neymar, who was also on target for FC Barcelona, said that “spectacular” attacking triumvirate of FC Barcelona are only going to get better.

“I don’t believe that we’re unstoppable but we do a lot of work to help the team,” the striker told Canal Plus. “I’m sure that we will win more and more, and will get better.

“We are going well but we need to keep doing the things we’re doing. We’re very happy because we are performing how we want to on the pitch right now.

“There are still many games left, though, and the season is long. But we’re happy to be among the leaders.”

After this victory of FC Barcelona, the gap between Real Madrid and the Catalans has come down to just one point.