Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says his team are not « robots » after they followed up their Champions League heroics by losing 2-1 to Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga.
Barca beat PSG 6-1 on Wednesday to win 6-5 on aggregate, scoring three goals in the final seven minutes.
« After a huge effort like on Wednesday, with all the adrenaline and excitement, it’s tougher to compete, » said Pique.
« We weren’t able to play our game the way we like. »
Barcelona, who were knocked off top by Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at Real Betis, were disappointing against struggling Deportivo.
Joselu gave Depor the lead, with Luis Suarez equalising before Alex Bergantinos’ headed winner.
« It’s tough to take because it was important to stay on the winning path, but it wasn’t to be, » said boss Luis Enrique.
« It wasn’t hard to come back to reality. Us professionals know how hard it is to attain each victory.
« We thought it would be a tough game because of everything that’s gone on. The last game can always play a role. »