BARCELONA MISS MESSI - PIQUE
The defender admitted his team-mate's
absence has hurt his side after the Catalans fell
to their second defeat in three league games on
Gerard Pique said Barcelona missed Lionel
Messi after they were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in
La Liga on Saturday.
The forward is out of action for eight weeks with
a knee injury sustained in the victory over Las
Palmas and the Catalans lacked a cutting edge
in attack in his absence.
Goals from Michael Krohn-Dehli and Iborra
gave the home side a 2-0 lead, before Neymar
pulled a goal back as Barca laid siege to the
Neymar, Luis Suarez and Sandro all hit the
crossbar but as they tried in vain find an
equaliser and Pique admitted his side felt the
loss of Messi and Andres Iniesta.
"After the international break, we must start
winning and cannot afford more setbacks.
Barcelona have to be at the top," he said.
"Of course we miss Messi and Iniesta, but
Sevilla also have injuries so that cannot be an
"The ball didn't want to go in today. They got
through twice and scored, we paid for that."
The defeat at Sanchez Pijuan is Barcelona's
second in three league outings, but Suarez
believes the latest loss differed greatly from
their 4-1 collapse at Celta Vigo last Wednesday.
"Against Celta we didn't play well, but today we
feel like we did everything we could," the
striker said. "We deserved at least one point."
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