Suarez: We needed to show passion

Atletico Madrid had taken the lead in their first leg Champions League quarter-final clash at Camp Nou, yet a second yellow card for the Spaniard meant his side played almost an hour with ten men, as Suarez’s second-half double proved the difference, securing a narrow win for the hosts.

"They [Atletico] were set up superbly, particularly defensively, and we knew it was vital to convert the chances that came our way,” Suarez told Uefa.com after the game. “Finally we did so and that gave us a slim advantage. So when those goals went in, I just felt pure joy. To be able to help the team, to be able to turn the game on its head, that was great.”

The former Liverpool striker was pleased with the manner in which the entire Barca team showed spirit in the second half to complete the comeback.

"We knew that in the second half we had to believe in ourselves, believe in our football and establish a better tempo to our game – and that we had to keep creating chance after chance,” he said. “We needed to show passion."

The Uruguayan admitted Torres’ expulsion changed proceedings, and expects a good match-up at the Vicente Calderon next week Wednesday.

"I think when Fernando Torres got his red card it made it hard for them,” he said. “In the first 35 minutes, before the sending-off, Atleti played very well. We were given an opportunity with the numerical advantage and now it'll be a very good second leg."

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