Luis Suarez admits receiving yellow card was 'a good thing'

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Barcelona recovered from the mid-week defeat to Manchester City by showing their La Liga title credentials during an impressive 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday.

Despite falling behind early on to a Vitolo goal, strikes from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez ensured Luis Enrique's side stayed just two points off current leaders Real Madrid at the top of the table.

And the next month is set up to potentially be a pivotal period in the title race, with both rivals facing some testing obstacles over the next few weeks.

None more so than when the two teams play against each other in the first El Clasico of the season at the start of December.

So Suarez really could not have timed getting a one-match suspension any better to ensure he will be available for the crunch clash in just a few weeks' time.

Having already been booked four times this term, the Uruguayan was getting dangerously close to potentially missing the El Clasico if he had picked up another yellow card beforehand.

But he guaranteed that wouldn't be the case by picking up a strange caution during Sunday's win over Sevilla.

The former Liverpool star went into referee Santiago Jaime Latre's book late on after reacting badly to a decision where he had in fact been awarded a free-kick.

Suarez had shown dissent when Latre opted not to show defender Daniel Carrico a second yellow card for the foul, leaving the Spanish official little choice but to take his name.

And after the game, Barcelona's striker all but admitted to picking up the booking intentionally.

"The yellow card was actually a good thing," Suarez told Canal Plus, as per Goal.

"I start with a clean slate again ahead of games away against Real Sociedad and versus Real Madrid."

As a result, the 29-year-old will miss the La Liga clash with mid-table Malaga after the international break but will have more time to recover for the trip to Celtic Park just a few days later in the Champions League.

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