Barcelona Stars Shake Off Derby Defeat
The invincibility of Barcelona this season has been broken following Wednesday’s derby defeat in the hands of Catalan rivals, Espanyol.
Hard as Lionel Messi and the rest of the Barcelona stars tried, they ended as 1-0 losers in the first leg of their Copa del Rey clash against Espanyol.
Though it is quite hurting for the players and the coach, they say they are ready to make amends in the second leg at the Nou Camp.
FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said he hopes to set things straight when the action resumes next Thursday at the Camp Nou.
“I liked my team a lot” he said. “They had a good attitude and had the game under control, but we didn’t manage to convert the many chances we had. In turn, Espanyol defended well, corrected their mistakes and took their chance.”
“I congratulate them and we’ll meet again in a week’s time”.
“I hope to see the Camp Nou like it was the day against Celta, with the fans behind the team and helping us to mount a comeback. It’ll be a nice game.” He submitted.
The players also shared their thoughts on the outcome of Wednesday’s game.
“We still have the game at Camp Nou to win and qualify" Gerard Piqué said.
On his part, Sergio Busquets admitted: "We had a good first half and controlled the game. The second half was more competitive and Espanyol were better on the counter"
He added: "One day the defeat had to come. The positive is that the second leg is at home and we will try to come back”
Wednesday’s defeat ended Barcelona’s amazing 29-match unbeaten run.
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