A disastrous stray back pass from Dani Alves to Juanmi helped Malaga to stun FC Barcelona in their own backyard. The Catalans failed miserably to create any chances throughout the match and coach Luis Enrique said after the game that his team deserves this loss.
The Blaugrana dominated the game from start to end but the attacking trio of FC Barcelona, Luis Suarez, Leo Messi and Neymar, failed to create any real chance in whole 90 minutes for the Catalans.
Dani Alves gave a back pass to Juanmi in the 7th minute and the striker made no mistake in capitalizing oN this blunder of the Brazilian. It proved enough for Malaga to secure a shocking win over FC Barcelona at Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was not satisfied with the efforts of his players and said after the game that they deserved to lose this game.
a We accept that we may have deserved this defeat. [Referring to Dani Alvesa error], the entire team are accountable for mistakes. A Coach must never single out anyone.
a Defeats are painful when they occur and difficult to overcome, but we have a great challenge in three daysa time [against Manchester City],a said Luis Enrique.
Luis Enrique accepted that his attackers lacked the cutting edge in this match. a It wasna t our best day individually or collectively. Each attack collapsed in the final phase against a counterattacking rival,a he told reporters afterwards.
a We attacked too many times through the middle. We werena t very effective or decisive. If you have problems [in the final third] then what happens, happens. Ita s a result, which hurts us and doesna t suit us. Malaga had a very good match. I wish it was an accident, but I’ll see [the impact of the defeat] in the coming weeks.a
The result brought to an end FC Barcelonaa s 11-match winning run and midfielder Sergio Busquets said it was important his side quickly move on from the shock and shift their attention on next weeksa all important UEFA Champions League clash with Manchester City.
“We conceded a goal and we struggled to respond. We tried a lot of crosses because they let us play the ball wide, but we had no luck. The league is very long. We have to fix things because we have an important game on Tuesday.”