Luis Enrique says Barcelona lacked clarity in final third vs. Depor

Luis Enrique says Barcelona lacked clarity in final third vs. Depor

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique recognised after his side’s defeat to Deportivo La Coruna (2-1) that his players lacked “clarity” to win.

“The final third is always the most difficult, he said. “There’s not as much time to thing. We lacked a bit of clarity in that area and it’s a shame because I that this was an important game to continue in the same line and to show our rivals how convincing we are.”

He added: “We knew it would be a struggle. From the beginning you could see that. We started well but we lacked a spark. Depor grew into the game and we began to make mistakes, which they took advantage of.

“The first goal was the key, or at least that’s what I felt. Despite equalising they were still breaking through. We lacked clarity and that was a shame. We have to accept the defeat and look to the future, there are still a lot of games to go.”

Despite the dropped points, Luis Enrique remains hopeful that the title race is still open.

“There are not going to be any easy games for anyone and that’s what we will hang on to,” he said. “That and knowing that we have games to come against direct rivals.

And the Barça boss also refused to blame the PSG celebrations as a reason for the lack of focus: “Professionals have to know how to deal with these situations. It’s always better to go into a game euphoric than pessimistic — the team were aware of that.”

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