PSG win cost Barcelona at Depor, concedes Luis Enrique
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 7:35
Barca boss Luis Enrique accepted it had been "difficult" for his side to lift themselves from the tiredness and euphoria of pulling off the biggest comeback in Champions League history from a 4-0 first-leg deficit.
Suarez was denied a second equaliser by a brilliant save from Deportivo goalkeeper German Lux and suffered a first defeat in 20 league games since they were beaten 4-3 at Celta Vigo, also in Galicia, on October 2.
But the manager's decision proved costly for Barcelona as Real Madrid took the most of it to beat Real Betis hours later and move back to the top of the table, two points ahead of the Catalans and with one game 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. "Tiredness was no excuse and we will have these types of weeks in the future where you play every three days".
"For the first time since I arrived, I was able to have three days to prepare for a game", the former Real Betis and West Brom coach said.
"Since I arrived, I have worked on our strategy play", Mel said. We already took advantage of that against Atletico, we won at Gijon because of it (a Pedro Mosquera header following a corner) and again we have won like that.
"We lacked clarity in the final few metres and it's a shame because this game was crucial to keep our confidence high and for our rivals to see that we mean business", he added. "We have to congratulate Depor, there have won this game".
"We didn't have the fluidity we needed to overcome their deep defending".
"We have to accept it and remember that there are still a lot more games left". They grew in confidence and we made errors.
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.