Luis Suarez scored a brace, but Barca twice failed to maintain leadership on Saturday, despite dominating for long periods.
FC Barcelona lacks a bit of luck
Quique Setien said Barcelona lacked a cutting edge and a bit of luck, following a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo – leaving them a “little margin for error” in the LaLiga title race. Luis Suarez scored a brace, but Barca twice failed to maintain leadership on Saturday, despite dominating for long periods. They were spectacular in the first-half, in particular, the young man Riqui Puig caught the eye on his first Liga start of the season, but led 1-0 only during the break. Setien felt that the first 45 minutes’ performance deserved more when Barca denied by the woodwork when Gerard Pique hit the crossbar with his head before Suarez’s opener in the 20th minute. “They took a lot of risks in the last few minutes and found a goal that gave them a point,” Setien told the media.
The team performed impressive first-half
“The team should not have gotten into this situation, because we were a much better team in the first half. We had to enter during the break with a more comfortable score. The squad are not in that moment of clarity. We did a lot of good. It should have been a more relaxed game. We lack the confidence to turn our game into goals. In the first half, the superiority we had was enough to win the match and move into the second more relaxed. It’s hard for us. Sometimes to score is a matter of luck. Iago Aspas’ late free-kick denied the victory of Barcelona on the road. While the point picked up is enough to take them top for now, while Real have the opportunity to slip through when they face Espanyol on Saturday.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also has an extra cushion and has the best H2H record against its rivals this season. Setien admits that Barca may now require help from others if they want to maintain their crown in Spain. “We have a small margin for error now, and, theoretically, we should win all our games and hope that our opponent will slide,” he admitted. “We will try to continue to score maximum points.” Further for Setien and his players is Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Tuesday.