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Luis Suarez snapped a five-game goalless drought in all competitions as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 victory at Leganes.

Luis Suarez insisted he was never worried after ending his goal drought at 478 minutes in Barcelona’s 3-0 win against Leganes on Saturday.

Suarez scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Oct. 14 but had failed to score in his last five appearances going into this weekend’s game at Butarque — his longest run without a goal since signing from Liverpool in 2014.

In a bid to re-find his best form, he sat out Uruguay’s two friendlies during the international break to focus on recovering from a niggling knee injury which had been troubling him since August’s Spanish Super Cup.

That break had the desired effect in Madrid on Saturday as he found the back of the net twice as Barca made it 17 games unbeaten in all competitions.

“I wasn’t anxious,” he told BeIn Sports after ending his dry spell. “The important thing was to feel good again and help the team win. And the goals have served to help the team win the game today.”

Suarez scored either side of the break, with substitute Paulinho adding the third goal, but there were once again complaints that Barca were not at their shimmering best.

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Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Leganes in a 3-0 win for Barcelona.

“Each game has its difficulties,” Suarez added. “We knew how the game was going to go; the important thing was to win. We try to play well, but it’s not always possible. We have to get used to that.”

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde admitted that the scoreline flattered his side but was happy to pick up another three points, moving seven clear of Valencia, who play Espanyol on Sunday.

“The scoreline possibly says we dominated more than we did,” Valverde said in his postgame news conference.

“Three goals was excessive but that’s football. We had a high level of success [in front of goal] and they didn’t. They had their chances.

“It was a tough game. There were moments when we struggled to play. Leganes shut the space down well. They’d only conceded two goals in five [home] games and they’re a rival that keep things tight.

“It was a struggle and meant we had to leave ourselves exposed a lot. In the second half, they changed their approach a little bit. They ran more, took more risks and that gave us more chances and decided the game.”

Barcelona’s win was tainted by Gerard Pique’s booking. As it was his fifth of the season, it means he will miss next weekend’s top-of-the-table clash against Valencia through suspension.

Valverde felt the yellow card was “excessive” and that it could quite easily have been given as a foul in Pique’s favour.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.

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