Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain has admitted his impressive hat-trick in the 4-0 away win against Espanyol in La Liga was just what he needed to boost his confidence.
Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain shoots during Sunday's La Liga match against RCD Espanyol in Cornella. Pic/AFP
The Spanish giants earned another win to move up to third in the league courtesy of the Argentine's treble and Jose Callejon's solitary goal.
Higuain, who recently returned from a long spell on the sidelines through injury, started the game in place of Karim Benzema who is currently struggling with a groin problem, and was delighted with how the game went.
"I played a full match and I'm happy about that as it will help me reach optimum form," the forward told Gol TV after the game.
"I suffered a lot coming back (from injury). I recovered and I needed a game like that. I was looking forward to playing this well and scoring again," he continued.
The victory is Madrid's third consecutive triumph in all competitions and Higuain urged his team-mates to continue their recent form.
"This victory allows us to catch up with those in the lead. It was a difficult game that served me to grow more confident and to have more playing time.
We have to continue working and playing as a team because it will lead us to win titles," he added.
Real are next in action when they entertain Real Betis at the Bernabeu on October 15.