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BARCELONA 1 - 2 ALAVÉS

Enrique laments "fragile" Barcelona after Alavés loss

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said that while his side will learn lessons from the shock defeat, the result is ultimately one he wants to forget

Enrique laments "fragile" Barcelona after Alavés loss
Alejandro García EFE

Luis Enrique on Alavés defeat

Thoughts: "We weren’t precise and we were poorly positioned. We were the victims of playing against a tough five-man defence which we could not get past. We didn’t think that they’d go with the system that they did. To break that you have to make the pitch big, attack the space, move the ball quickly.That’s key and today we didn’t put it together. We were fragile at the back.”

Clinical Alavés: “With three shots they scored two goals. They played a very serious game and this has reminded us how difficult it can be to win."

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gestures. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Conclusion: "Everybody had us as favorites, but now you can see that we’ll have to fight [for every game]. We made a lot of changes and the freshest players played. We were fragile in defence and we’ll need to review that. This will make us recognise how difficult it is to compete for the championship. Tuesday is the Champions League and that's another story.”

Learning curve: "From this shock we will draw good things, but the result is one to forget.”