Everybody wondered who would own the Clasico with no Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis Suarez bought it lock stock and barrel, scoring a hat-trick in a 5-1 thumping to move Barcelona seven points clear of Real Madrid who will now surely sack Julen Lopetegui.
His treble made it nine goals in 11 Clasicos and with his old Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal also scoring Real Madrid had no response.
Some say Real Madrid have been fighting with one hand tied behind their back this season without Cristiano Ronaldo. But this was Barcelona without Lionel Messi, and yet still they were battered by their great rivals.
Madrid were physically, tactically and mentally second best for most of the game delivering the sort of performance only likely to speed up the dismissal of of their hapless coach.
There was a lack of spirit from them from the first whistle. Sergio Ramos took five minutes to give away his first foul clattering Rafinha with Barcelona players demanding he be carded, but those around him were second to everything as Barça dominated possession.