Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique has conceded that his team still had the Champions League on their mind when they lost 2-1 at Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga on Saturday afternoon.
Earlier in the day, Barcelona seemed to be stuck in hangover mode after their monumental UEFA Champions League triumph over Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, deservedly beaten by a plucky Deportivo La Coruna side.
"We knew it would be hard here but what happens before a game always has an impact in the next. It's better to arrive at a game feeling euphoric than pessimistic, we were focused, but we still lost". "It's a step back, but in the last few months we've seen that all teams can drop points".
Suarez was denied a second equaliser by a brilliant save from Deportivo goalkeeper German Lux and suffered a first defeat in 20 league games since they were beaten 4-3 at Celta Vigo, also in Galicia, on October 2.
"I think we started well, taking advantage of Depor playing deep and trying to generate danger".
"The PSG result did not cost us today, we've had enough days to recover".
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"But watching us in the build up to the game, it was clear that [beating PSG] would cost us". We're not machines. Even though we were favourites for the game, they did very well and there's nothing left but for us to congratulate them. "Right now we can only concentrate on Deportivo".
Pique also tried to put the week in perspective.
"We didn't have the fluidity we needed to overcome their deep defending".
"Depor were really good, but everyone connected to Barcelona would have signed up to come back against PSG and lose to Deportivo", Pique told reporters after the match.
"They know how important he is and in the end he made a great save to get us the three points".