"But we now have to rely on Madrid to fall factors".
Suarez put Barca in front 20 minutes after the start thanks to Lionel Messi's decision to cross the ball on free-kick that the Uruguayan headed home. "If we want to stay in the title race and have it in our hands we have to win all our games". For Barcelona Messi has scored 629 goals and provided 250 assists, which makes him the club's all-time leading player for both goals and assists. Many believed that had Griezmann decided not to turn his back, Barcelona could have sealed the win with a one goal advantage.
Celta may have gone into the game 16th in the table but they represented a clear and present danger to Barca's hopes of retaining their title. Everyone had expected the Argentine to shoot but he put a ideal cross for Suarez to head in.
Indeed, Ter Stegen had already made one fine save from Nolito when Aspas curled the ball around the Blaugrana wall and into the bottom of the net with just two minutes of normal time to go.
The warnings went unheeded and when Arturo Vidal played a careless go early in the 2nd 50 %, Celta capitalised.
Aspas sent Okay Yokuslu sprinting in behind and he squared for Smolov to tap in.
Celta glimpse invigorated but Barca landed a sucker-punch. Denis Suarez lost possession under pressure from Fati, Messi played into Luis Suarez, who backed in, turned and drove into the far corner.
Aspas has now scored in Barca's last five visits to Celta's Balaidos Stadium, and Celta should have won the game in the final minute of injury time when Ter Stegen saved again from Nolito.
Victory means Atletico have taken 13 from a possible 15 points since the resumption and ahead of their trip to Camp Nou on Tuesday.
Devastated with how things have been going on in the dressing room, Suarez called for the team to regroup and try to figure out how to win the remaining crucial matches of the season.