Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Luis Enrique blames Barca defeat on European exploits

Luis Enrique blames Barca defeat on European exploits

The result, combined with Real Madrid's win over Real Betis in Sunday's late match, saw treble-chasing Barca knocked back off top spot in LaLiga by Zinedine Zidane's men.

Luis Enrique refused to make excuses for his Barcelona side as their 19-game unbeaten run in La Liga was ended by Deportivo La Coruna just four days after they produced a remarkable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid, their main rivals for the top flight title this season, are just a point behind with two games in hand.

Visiting forward Luis Suarez netted straight after half-time to cancel out Joselu's first-half opener but, rather than Barcelona pushing on for the victory, it was Depor who claimed the spoils thanks to Alex Bergantinos' header 17 minutes from time.

"Only someone who has lived what we lived this week can understand what it means but professionals need to know how to cope with these situations", Luis Enrique told reporters.

"Euphoria is always preferable to pessimism, but we were aware of the difficulty".

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"We didn't have the fluidity we needed to overcome their deep defending". There are a lot of games to go and we have seen that everyone is dropping points. "We have to congratulate Deportivo, they were the deserved winners of this game", he said.

"But watching us in the build up to the game, it was clear that [beating PSG] would cost us".

Describing the players as "not machines", the defender also stated his side wouldn't have swapped going out of the Champions League with a win at the Riazor, so they are not too anxious.

"Today was decisive for their battle against the drop and they have achieved that".

Barca defender Gerard Pique added the comeback against PSG, where they overcame a 4-0 first leg defeat, had taken its toll.

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