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La Liga: Luis Suarez scores hat-trick as Barca thrash Athletic Bilbao

Forward Luis Suarez says Barcelona players were making fun of his inability to score so far in 2016 prior to his hat-trick in Barca's 6-0 win against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona: Luis Suarez said he had been the butt of Barcelona's dressing-room jokes for his failure to score in 2016 prior to Sunday's 6-0 thrashing of Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona's forward Luis Suarez celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao in Barcelona on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Barcelona's forward Luis Suarez celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao in Barcelona on Sunday. Pic/AFP

The Uruguay international took his tally to 29 goals in as many games this season with a hat-trick in the champions' 6-0 victory over Ernesto Valverde's side at Camp Nou.

Suarez had failed to find the net this year prior to the game, and his teammates had been quick to remind him of it in recent days.

"Strikers go through streaks," he told reporters after the match.

"I have to say I have laughed with the team at the chances I've missed in recent games, because normally I score those.

"Against Athletic I had the chance to score three goals but the important thing is the victory."

Suarez earned a penalty after just four minutes, a decision which saw goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz sent off and allowed Lionel Messi to open the scoring.

"The start determined the game and they changed the plan they came with," Suarez said.

"We knew how to take advantage of the circumstances.

"Messi is the best in the world and we want to help him do things. "We have a lot of ambition, La Liga is very difficult and nobody wants to fail."

La Liga table

(played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Atletico Madrid 20 15 2 3 30 8 47
Barcelona 19 14 3 2 50 15 45
Real Madrid 20 13 4 3 57 19 43
Villarreal 20 12 4 4 26 16 40
Celta Vigo 20 10 4 6 32 30 34
Eibar 20 9 6 5 32 21 33
Sevilla 20 9 5 6 28 22 32
Deportivo La Coruna 20 6 10 4 27 24 28
Athletic Bilbao 20 8 4 8 27 28 28
Getafe 20 7 5 8 24 28 26 Valencia 20 5 9 6 25 21 24
Malaga 20 6 6 8 15 17 24
Real Sociedad 20 5 6 9 23 28 21
Espanyol 20 6 3 11 18 33 21
Real Betis 20 5 6 9 13 28 21
Las Palmas 20 4 6 10 19 30 18
Granada 20 4 5 11 21 41 17
Rayo Vallecano 20 4 4 12 23 45 16
Sporting Gijon 19 4 3 12 17 34 15
Levante 20 3 5 12 17 36 14

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