Gerard Pique: 'Barcelona had Paris Saint-Germain hangover'

Madrid qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek with a win over Napoli
Madrid qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals in midweek with a win over Napoli
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14 March, 2017

Barca's defeat means Real Madrid can go top of La Liga with victory over Real Betis later on Sunday.

Barcelona suffered a hangover from their remarkable Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain as Alex Bergantinos's victor 16 minutes from time handed Deportivo la Coruna a famous 2-1 win on Sunday.

The shock loss comes just four days after Neymar inspired Barca to a stunning 6-1 demolition of PSG in the UEFA Champions League, completing a comeback from a 4-0 first leg defeat in that round of 16 encounter.

Joselu had fired Deportivo into a first-half lead before Luis Suarez levelled in the first minute of the second period.

The goalkeeper earlier in the game should have been sent off for a clear foul when he was the last man, reports Xinhua news agency. "We have to congratulate Deportivo, they were the deserved winners of this game", he said.

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Barcelona still have 11 games to turnaround the situation but it looks Luis Enrique will have to think twice the next time he wants to rest Umtiti.

Barca boss Enrique is facing selection problems in defensive going into today's game.

"We didn't have the fluidity we needed to overcome their deep defending. Deportivo are fighting relegation and we knew it was going to be hard here but we're not going to give up the fight for La Liga". They grew in confidence and we made errors. (But) there is still a lot of the season left. Cristiano Ronaldo's 41st-minute goal came off a header following a cross by Marcelo.

The Blaugrana's 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain not only qualified them for the quarter finals, with the side duly instilled as favourites for the tournament once more, but it has also renewed a sense of belief among fans and players alike.


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