‘We didn’t have a great game’: Quique Setien admits Barcelona struggled with the Espanyol boys in the basement … and says the side should ‘wait and see what Real Madrid does’ as the LaLiga title slips
- Barcelona beat Espanyol 1-0 on Wednesday, but did not impress
- Quique Setien has admitted that he was struggling against city rivals
- Espanyol made a defensive impression, but was defeated by a goal from Luis Suarez
Quique Setien admitted that Barcelona had a tough night against Espanyol despite the win.
On Wednesday night, Barcelona failed to perform convincingly in their 1-0 win at the Nou Camp, scraping past the city’s rivals thanks to Luis Suarez’s goal in the 56th minute.
And Barcelona manager Setien suggested that his party had struggled against Espanyol’s defense.
Quique Setien admitted that Barcelona had a tough night against Espanyol
“We didn’t have a great game,” Setien said of the post-game performance. “We found it very difficult against Espanyol’s defense.
“They were very intense, very closed, and we didn’t have the space or precision to move in them.”
Barcelona found it extremely difficult to get shots on target because they wanted to break down Espanyol.
Espanyol fought for their LaLiga life, with the defeat confirming they would be relegated to the second level.
Luis Suarez scored the only goal of the game for the hostess and took three points
And Setien has suggested that because of his crowded back line, it was difficult to get the three points.
“It was very difficult,” Setien added. “They did a fantastic defense. They had many players gathered, so it is not easy with so many players there. ‘
Now Barcelona is a point behind Real Madrid and they have played one more game than their rivals for the title.
They play against Alaves on Friday evening and Setien continued: “We will have to wait and see what Real Madrid does.”
Setien and Barcelona are at the top of Real Madrid after the victory